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To: 1ofmanyfree

The FS land was put into reservations to preserve watershed and to protect the timber for use. It belonged to the Federal government, in large part, being managed by what is now the BLM but was the GLO.

The BLM lands were basically, for the most part, lands that the GLO couldn't sell.

The recreational use and value of the FS lands came later, but are not a part of their originating act.

FYI, for the most part, all land beyond the original colonies was owned first by the US government and then sold; this is not a new thing.

Somehow, though, I have a feeling that there is going to be much bad feeling about this land sale (mostly because local people are going to be concerned that they will lose revenues, and potentially access, and that non-locals will be fighting because they don't want any of the public lands going private, where they have less sayso over how those lands get used. I wouldn't be surprised if they end up not doing it.

23 posted on 02/09/2006 3:53:16 PM PST by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

As you know, but some others may not remember...

The Federal Government has been selling land since George Washinton was President.

The "North West" was often given to soldiers as partial payment for their services from 1776 to 1784.

We now call that land Ohio, Indiana...

Thomas Jefferson's Lousiana Purchase was paid for, in part, by land sales in Missouri, Kansas, Iowa...

The same in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arizonia...after James K. Polk was President.

Lincoln sold land in Oklahoma...

The list goes on.

24 posted on 02/09/2006 4:25:54 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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