Twain Forest Neighbors Rally Against Sale Plan

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.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)