April 9, 2006 - Posted at 1:57 p.m. CST
LAMPE, Mo. (AP) _ The U-S Forest Service plan to sell parts of
Mark Twain Forest has homeowners who live near the forest
mobilizing against it.
Stone County would to lose the most federal forest land in the
state, under a federal proposal to sell 300-thousand acres of the
forest. The government says the sale would raise 800 million
dollars to finance rural schools.
Nearly one-quarter of the Forest Service land in the Stone
County would be sold.
Forest neighbor Ray Jones says Stone County residents will lose
land that will only become more valuable as surrounding private
parcels are developed for tourism and retirement homes.
About 200 people attended a meeting of the group Friends of
Table Rock Lake against the plan. Representative Dennis Wood of
Kimberling City says it's been frustrating trying to get
information about the project from the Forest Service.