The Kentucky Caver Quarterly Proceedings of the
Bluegrass Grotto: the North Central Kentucky Area Chapter of the National Speleological Society
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 vol. 41. iss. 1, March 2006
what was once there. Imagine what the Daniel Boone National Park would be like with lumber interests building roads in and dragging centuries-worth of trees out. Thanks to the generation before us choosing to protect the area as a national park, we can look out over the trees and take in the glory of nature. Hopefully we make the same choice, the right choice despite the belt tightening and yes, taxes it may incur. Unfortunately we may make the other choice. 

Take yourself back in time to initiatives by our government to harvest trees in our national forests. Take yourself back in time to a certain stand of endangered Redwood in California … not even on national land … Do you remember the attitude? “If you've seen one redwood, you've seen `em all” was a statement about this issue made by the late communicator Ronald Reagan? We currently have a national dialog about drilling for oil in protected areas in Alaska while the Motor city still pushes SUVs and Hummers (which are in a shameful class all by themselves).  If you need a bit of fantasy to move you, remember a famous environmental statement reaching out to you as a child through the book "The Lorax" by Dr. Seuss. "Everybody needs a Theed." If you are more into reality, take yourself back to about November of the year 2000 with George W. Bush on your TV lambasting the Clinton-Gore administration for their poor stewardship of our national parks. The Twin Towers still stood... yes this has something to do with the issue at hand, but I am going to

spell it. In mid-August of that campaign year, George W. Bush barnstormed the Northwest, taking the Clinton administration to task on environmental issues. He lamented that national parks have fallen into disrepair, that their trails were inadequately maintained and their buildings were neglected. He promised a quick, big infusion of cash into the park system and declared that, despite their green rhetoric, Clinton and Gore "have failed to lead" on the environment.  Source.

I have you back in the present time. Now imagine selling our National Land to raise money for budget shortfalls to pay for schools and park management in areas proximal to these national lands. We are not talking about something else stupidly mouthed without forethought. We are talking about a solid plan in a proposed budget! "Bush budget would sell land to raise $1 billionBLM would sell 120,000 acres, Forest Service up to 200,000 acres" Associated Press February 13, 2006. We better cache MSNBC's verbiage here at the KY caver lest it disappear and lest we forget! We are not talking about a strategic one-time, one-place deal. We are talking about raising ~1 billion dollars over five years by selling national lands in the continental USA and Alaska except national lands in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Kansas and except those on the east coast north of New Jersey. Bits and pieces of the rest go to the highest bidder in what would amount to the biggest sale of public land in decades. This plan would put portions of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky up for sale. When the American Public was assured that we would

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