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Dear Editor:Unless you and I petition the Forest Service and our representatives in Congress to oppose the sale of 304,370 acres of Forest Service land (21,000 of which are here in Colorado), we can say goodbye to priceless natural areas of our national heritage that are being offered for sale at the ridiculously low price of approximately $2,628.50 an acre.The announced purpose of this sale is to raise $800 million for rural schools, but considering the low price for this pristine land, the real profiteers will probably be the prospective buyers who have, one might guess (based on the White House’s quid pro quo procedures of the last six years), been promised a lucrative return on their investment in the present administration. However, what they want to grab and develop or desecrate belongs to all Americans – present and future.Even if the sale is not a political payback, it would still be a very small, short-term gain for a very large, long-term loss.The deadline for contacting the Forest Service is May 1. If you wish to stop this sale, e-mail SRS_Land_Sales@fs.fed.us or snail-mail USDA Forest Service, SRS comments, Lands 4 S, 1400 Independence Ave. SW, Mailstop 1124, Washington, D.C. 20250-0030. And, after May 1, you can write to your representatives in Congress.Clay Boland Jr.Carbondale


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