Buyers Lining Up for National Forest Sale-a-Thon

The Asheville Citizen-Times is doing a great job of covering the proposed sale of National Forest land in North Carolina. More on that below the fold. This photo, taken in the Pisgah National Forest, is used here with the permission of Flickr user Kuranes (blog):

Here's the latest Citizen-Times story on the park sale. In sidebars, they provide a photo from one of the tracts up for grabs, a graphic showing the location of the tracts in the Pisgah and Nantahala National Forests, a list of tracts by county (including size), and a list of proposed proceeds by county. They asked Charles Taylor for a comment, but his office said they'd need to look at the specific proposal first. That's kind of like sitting in front of an oncoming train and saying you're going to wait for a possible damage assessment before moving. It's going to be bad, Chuck.

Finally, and speaking of Chuck, Veterans Advocate038 has been hammering away on Taylor in his blog, with details on the increased cost of VA care to veterans and negative changes to TRICARE, along with a petition for residents of the 11th district.

Comments

Thanks for keeping up with this

I have a bad feeling it's going to be one of those things no one is interested in until it is too late.

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

When is "too late?"

Do we know yet what the process will look like? Are there public hearings? Does this require Congressional approval (I'm assuming it does, but these days, I'm continually surprised by what Dear Leader can get away with on his own.)

Having a deadline would be really helpful from a mobilization point of view. Otherwise asshats like Chuck Taylor can dither and dawdle without having to declare themselves.

The comment period begins soon.

This agency decision requires a comment period, and the Forest Service will announce the details of that soon. My worry is that it may already be too late -- this administration has shown that they're not above railroading normal agency deicisionmaking for to achieve their political goals.

Robert Peterson

Robert,

That's why we have to act now with letters to the editor, community organizing, and unending pressure on our elected officials.

We might save our own forests, even though many other states may lost theirs.

Giving up really isn't an option.

Scrutiny Hooligans - http://www.scrutinyhooligans.us