Our Opinion: Selling our heritage

Monday, April 10, 2006

The plan to sell up to 200,000 acres of national forest across the nation to raise $800 million for funding to rural schools is ill-advised.

There is bipartisan opposition to the proposed sale of national forest for rural schools. One reason is that selling federal land is a one-time fix for the schools that depend on federal funding. Where will those schools get money for future years? From selling more national forest?

Some revenue is received by government entities through sale of timber from forest service land. National forests are not the same as national parks.

National forests allow for limited commercial activities while preserving natural resources.

Selling the land may generate more immediate cash but is an irresponsible theft of the heritage of future generations.