MSBA Action Alert — Tell U.S. Forest Service that you support School Trust Lands exchange

The United States Forest Service invites the public to review and comment on a proposed land exchange with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. This open house is scheduled for 4 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at the DNR Central Office (500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul).

With this proposed exchange, the U.S. Forest Service would exchange approximately 30,000 acres of State School Trust Lands within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in exchange for an equal value of federal lands to be selected from a pool of approximately 39,000 acres of Forest Service System Land located outside the BWCAW within the Superior National Forest.

Please attend this meeting! The U.S. Forest Service needs to hear from you! If you can’t attend the meeting, please send a note today! Please tell the Forest Service and the Minnesota DNR that you support this land exchange.

Please see the sample message below.

As a school board member for _____________ school district, I support the USDA Forest Service proposed land exchange. When selecting the final federal candidates the Forest Service should give preference to those federal lands that are contained within the legislative priority areas. Those lands provide the best long-term economic benefits to Minnesota’s school children.

Name________________________­­­­_____           Date _____________

If you are unable to attend the meeting, direct your message to the Forest Service via http://www.fs.fed.us/about-agency/contact-us or the Minnesota DNR via http://www.dnr.state.mn.us/contact/index.html.

Visit http://www.mnmsba.org/Portals/0/PDFs/Advocacy/BWCAW-SchoolTrustLands-Background3-24-2015.pdf for background information.

Direct any questions to MSBA’s Denise Dittrich at ddittrich@mnmsba.org.

Thank you for your support!

Sincerely,

MSBA Government Relations staff

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