Flickr: Forest Images
The Forest Image Registry, F.I.R., began as an awareness-building project on the eve of the piecemeal sale of our National Forest lands in early 2006. Using satellite imaging and mapping technology, the project will build a visual record of the forest lands as they are today, before private development.
We would like to encourage Americans to send copies of their personal photos, images of the forests theyâ€™ve visited, etc. Adding your pictures to the F.I.R. project and sharing them freely with the world will perhaps help us learn to appreciate America’s National Forests before they are changed forever.
Missouriâ€™s Attorney General Jay Nixon is formal objecting to the sale of land in the Mark Twain National Forest to pay for rural education funding.
The Bush administration wants us to sell 300,000 acres of public lands to fund rural schools and county governments in 35 states and, maybe, pay off some of our national debt.
Is there a large-scale public debate over this issue? Shouldn’t there be a vote on this large of a sale of public land and National Forest? Isn’t this another very short-sighted move? We spend billions on a war abroad and then sell our land and trees to pay for it?