HULSHOF STATEMENT ON THE PROPOSED SALE OF NATIONAL FOREST SERVICE LAND
The following is a statement from U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) regarding the Bush Administration's proposal to sell portions of National Forest Service land:
WASHINGTON, DC. - - The following is a statement from U.S. Congressman Kenny Hulshof (R-MO) regarding the Bush Administration's proposal to sell portions of National Forest Service land:
"Like most Missourians, I oppose the sale of portions of the Mark Twain National Forest. I am concerned that this could have a detrimental impact on one of our state's important environmental treasures. I also do not find it necessary to sell parts of our national forests - a one-time source of revenue - to finance the ongoing costs of a federal program that can be legitimately funded by other means.
"It is also important to note that this would be a bad deal for the state of Missouri. Under the Forest Service plan, Missouri would rank near the top of acres to be sold when compared to other states. However, our state would rank near the bottom of monies received from the sale of these lands. In other words, proceeds from the sale of lands in Mark Twain National Forest would likely be used to benefit schools in other states.
"It is my hope that this misguided proposal will ultimately be defeated, and I will be working towards this end. However, at a minimum, it is appropriate for a decision of this magnitude to be fully vetted and understood by the public - a standard that clearly has not been met. In response, U.S. Senator Jim Talent and I have sent a letter to the Forest Service asking that the current 30-day period for public comment be extended to 90 days. It is my hope that this extended comment period will allow those of us who oppose this plan to further organize opposition to this proposal and convince the Administration to abandon the sale of lands in Mark Twain National Forest.
"I fully intend to continue working with like-minded Missourians to stop the sale of these lands."