Missouri AG Files Objection to Proposed Sale of National Forest Lands

MARCH 31, 2006 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CST

ST. LOUIS, MO - Attorney General Jay Nixon is weighing legal action over the Bush Administration plan to sell 21,000 acres of the Mark Twain National Forest.

The Missouri land is among 300,000 acres of national forest throughout the country the administration proposes to sell.  The proceeds would help fund rural schools in 41 states.

But Missouri officials, including members of Congress, have blasted the plan.  They say Missouri would have to sell more land than other states but receive fewer dollars in return.

Nixon says his staff has been instructed to evaluate legal action to protect the Mark Twain National Forest from what he called a shortsighted plan.

Among other problems, Nixon says, the plan does not consider the proposed sale's environmental impact.

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