Top GOP Leaders Object to Federal Plan for Mark Twain National Forest

March 19, 2006 - Posted at 12:59 p.m. CST

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Top Missouri Republicans are taking issue with

a Bush administration proposal to sell parts of the Mark Twain

National Forest to help fund rural school districts.

Governor Blunt wrote the U-S Department of Agriculture to say

the proposal was unfair.

Senators Kit Bond and Jim Talent and Congresswoman Jo Ann

Emerson have, too.

They say the Forest Service has failed to show how the plan

would benefit the state.

The proposal aims to raise about 800 million dollars for

rural county schools struggling as the result of sagging timber

receipts on federal lands.

But members of the Missouri G-O-P say much of the money raised

in this state would end up helping rural school districts


The proposal still requires congressional approval. The Forest

Service is accepting comments through March 30th.

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