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Re: [RC] selling off national forest lands - Sky Ranch

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It is actually quite deceptive, though.  Some of these "small parcels" (like 100 acres) can be very, very valuable and beautiful land that is traded for next to nothing, for so-called "convenience," or alleged cost-cutting.  I said so-called and alleged, because what exactly was being done to "maintain" this raw land, to begin with?
There have been some rather notorious public land trades in Colorado, and it is usually to wealthy landowners who have purchased a tract of land that they are willing to "trade" to the USFS or BLM.  Then, with their newly acquired "former public land," they can close off public access to established trails, because they now "own" the trailhead.  It has definitely happened in Colorado, I don't know about other places.
BTW, I think this is endurance related, because many rides are held on public lands, and many of us (including me) use public lands to condition and to ride for pleasure.  Access is slowly being taken away.  Sometimes in big chunks, sometimes in small parcels.
Carla Richardson
----- Original Message -----
From: Bob Morris
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 10:44 AM
Subject: RE: [RC] selling off national forest lands

Rather than looking at the aggregate amount of acreage to be sold, look at the size of the parcels. Many of them are small isolated pieces of land that are very difficult and expensive to manage. Also look at the blocks of land the USFS is anticipating acquiring in addition to the sales. More to be acquired than to be eliminated.  Find all the facts not just one side of the equation.

Bob Morris
Morris Endurance Enterprises
Boise, ID

-----Original Message-----
From: ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:ridecamp-owner@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Sky Ranch
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 8:24 AM
To: ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [RC] selling off national forest lands

Looks like 21,572 acres are proposed to be sold off in Colorado, if I am reading the chart correctly.  This link shows the proposed sell off, by state.
Carla Richardson
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Saturday, February 11, 2006 4:00 PM
Subject: [RC] selling off national forest lands

This is on the front page of the Chattanooga, TN paper

South hard hit by White House proposal to sell off publicly owned national forest land
In a move that sets a dangerous precedent and reverses decades of policy, the Bush Administration has announced plans to sell off some 300,000 acres of national forest lands around the country - including 31,000 in our region.

http://www.southernenvironment.org/cases/usfs_lands/casepage.htm    so folks, it is getting closer to home all the time.  Some of these areas are places we ride.  Linda Norton