Lawmakers Reaffirm Opposition to Proposed Mark Twain Forest Sales

1 decade 3 years 5 months ago Friday, April 13 2007 Apr 13, 2007 Friday, April 13, 2007 1:09:13 PM CDT April 13, 2007 in News
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KIMBERLING CITY (AP) - Missouri's Congressional delegation is providing a unified front against the Bush administration's second attempt to sell parts of the Mark Twain National Forest. Republican Congressman Roy Blunt says he considers the proposal dead on arrival again. The plan would sell forests in 30 Missouri counties to raise money for rural schools. Blunt pledged to work toward killing the proposed sale while meeting with county commissioners in southwest Missouri yesterday. The state's two senators and the rest of the state's delegation sent a letter to forest service chief Abigail Kimbell, calling the plan "ill-conceived." The Forest Service has said the sale would help rural communities that have counted on timber revenues in the past but have seen that money dry up. The newest version of the plan earmarks half of the sale proceeds to remain in the state and using some of the money to provide access to national forests, education programs and improved wildlife habitats. Blunt said those changes don't overcome legislators' concerns about the program.

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