More below, but the most colorful quote award goes to an editorial in the Roanoke Times ("Give Bush an acre and he'll take a forest"): "It's not unlike a college student thinking about selling his printer to buy paper." This picture of NC's Croatan National Forest is by (and used by permission of) Christina Dulude of Durham. Her Flickr account is full of great pictures of wild North Carolina.
California's Barbara Boxer says: " Selling away our national heritage to pay for this Administration's fiscal irresponsibility is immoral and ignores your duty to be a sound steward of our national lands." A Missouri editorial describes the plan as yet another example of the Administration accepting meager short-term gain regardless of great long-term losses. And finally, the Charlotte Observer's editorial is titled "It's nuts to sell national forest lands to finance schools." (A highlight: "Viewing such outparcels as expendable assets requires a constipated view of the value of conservation.")