Forest Service wants opinions on land sales |

Forest Service wants opinions on land sales

The U.S. Forest Service has opened a public comment period on its proposal to sell public land to provide funding for rural schools.

No land in the Lake Tahoe Basin is on the list of potential parcels for sale. However, land in Tahoe National Forest outside of the basin is up for consideration.

The sales will fund the reauthorization of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000.

The list of parcels includes 304,370 acres of land within the 193-million-acre national forest system. This represents less than 0.2 of one percent of all Forest-Service managed land. All of the parcels are considered isolated or inefficient to manage due to their location or other characteristics, according to a Forest Service statement.

Detailed maps of each parcel can now be found on the Forest Service Web site at

The Forest Service will include in its proposal the first right of local and state government agencies and nonprofit land trust organizations to buy these parcels at market value.

Comments on the proposed list must be received by March 30 and may be sent by e-mail to Written comments may be sent to: USDA Forest Service, SRS Comments, Lands 4S, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Mailstop 1124, Washington, DC, 20250-0003. Send faxed comments to (202) 205-1604.

President Bush’s fiscal year 2007 budget includes a legislative propo-sal to reauthorize the rural schools act for an additional five years and to allow the Forest Service to sell approximately 200,000 to 300,000 acres.

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