U.S. may sell some Virginia forestI live on the edge of the Jefferson National Forest but I doubt that the land involved is near mine (I'll be checking into it). But I have no problem with the government unloading land that is of no use to the public - even if it involved land adjacent to mine.
By Rex Springston, Richmond Times-Dispatch Staff Writer
The Bush administration is proposing to sell about 5,700 acres of the George Washington & Jefferson National Forests in western Virginia.
The proposal is part of an overall plan to sell approximately 200,000 acres of national forest for about $800 million.
JoBeth Brown, a forest spokeswoman, said the land that may be sold amounts to "difficult to manage" parcels such as those in the middle of private land.
"It's not like wilderness areas or recreation areas," she said.
The land amounts to 0.3 percent of the national forestland in Virginia, she said.
Land that may be sold includes 1,630 acres in three parcels in Bland County north of Wytheville; 1,341 acres in eight parcels in Smyth County outside of Marion; and 735 acres in five parcels in Scott County in far southwest Virginia. (link)
Environmental groups, as you might expect, have their collective undies in a bunch over the proposal already:
Environmentalists reacted angrily.Spoken like the looney socialists these people are. If it were left up to them, there'd be no such thing as private ownership of property; all lands would be owned by the government. Fortunately for us, these nuts are pretty much relegated to college campus confines these days.
"That land has been hard to come by," said David Carr, a lawyer with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Charlottesville. "It's crazy to be selling it off to meet short-term budget needs."
Carr said isolated patches of national forest should be linked to bigger tracts by buying the land in between. "We need to be adding to the national forests, not decreasing them."
Anyway, let's see how this whole affair plays out. I'm hoping to see some Earth-Firsters gather around my property to protest. Being the avid and enthusiastic capitalist that I am, I'll be there selling them beans and wienies - and "Save The Planet" T-shirts - at dramatically inflated prices, and I'll be blaring songs from the 60's. They'll have to provide their own dope.
Now where are my slouch hat, guitar, and Arlo Guthrie tapes? This is going to be a hoot.