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...Interesting article on Gov. Easley's opposition
to the sale of federal forest land in North Carolina:
"Forest Service officials say the sales are needed to raise $800 million over the next five years to pay for schools and roads in rural counties hurt by logging cutbacks on federal land."
"We don't like it. We're hoping to acquire more (land) at every opportunity."
But this is a golden opportunity to acquire almost 10,000 acres that's already been set aside for forest land, at "fair market" value:
"North Carolina would get the first crack at buying the land, but Bill Holman executive director of the Clean Water Management Trust Fund, said it's unlikely the state would do so. The state's resources are limited because it wants to acquire land this year from International Paper and power companies."
I wonder which is the better deal?