February 11, 2006 - Posted at 12:22 p.m. CST
WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Bush administration has a new plan to sell
more than 300-thousand acres of national forests and public land to
help pay for rural schools.
The plan includes the possible sale of more than 21-thousand
acres of Missouri's Mark Twain National Forest. The proposal would
be the largest sale of forest land in decades.
Missouri ranks fourth in acreage identified for sale behind
California with 85-thousand acres, Idaho with 26-thousand acres and
Colorado with 21-thousand acre.
Western lawmakers immediately objected, saying the short-term
gains would be offset by the permanent loss of public lands.
Congress has to approve the sales and has rejected similar
The public has until late March to comment on the proposed