Land Sale Plan Tilted in Favor of Northwest

March 4, 2006 - Posted at 12:55 p.m. CST

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Bush administration plan to sell more than

300-thousand acres of national forest to help pay for rural schools

contains a disproportionate amount of land in the South and


That's according to a new analysis that also shows the sale will

primarily benefit schools in three West Coast states.

Under the Bush plan, 21-thousand-500 acres in Missouri's Mark

Twain National Forest would be sold, with proceeds going to a

general fund. The sell-off would be one of the biggest in the


But Missouri's share of the school-funding is among the lowest,

at two-poin-seven million dollars. Oregon and Washington got

210 million.

David Carr of the nonprofit law center says the regional

disparity is unfair, and will set a dangerous precedent.

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