Buy a piece of a National Forest, help fund schools

July 8, 2007

I’m trying to figure out how to use this amazing spectrum of maps in class.

But, one set can do something good for schools:  You can buy a piece of a national forest, and thereby contribute to a fund to help schools.  It’s a bit of a crackpot idea, really — selling off the national forests to provide a minuscule amount of money for schools.  But there may be some gems of land out there that could be used for  .  .  . decreasing global warming by creating a preserve for trees.

Davey Crockett National Forest, parcels for sale:  This map shows land in Texas for sale.

Your local National Forest may be represented, too.  Get there before the developers?  Not likely — but you can dream, can’t you?

Please be warned, though, I find the site a real memory hog.  If you’re running several programs, and you’re memory deficient as I appear to be for this set of maps, be careful.

Seriously, the site offers a variety of maps of public lands under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management and National Forest Service.  Mineral leasing, oil and gas, coal, and other resources are mapped.  This affects the western public lands states mostly, but it could be a great source for a geography project on energy or mineral or timber resources for the nation.

What do you think?

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