MSBA attends review and comment for proposed School Trust Lands swap

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Forest Service hosted an open house Thursday for the public to view maps identifying the 39,000 acres of federal land that may be traded for 30,000 acres of School Trust Land presently locked in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Many people attended the open house — including the MSBA Government Relations Team, school board members, school professionals and environmentalists. DNR School Trust Land Administrator Aaron Vande Linde guided attendees through the lands identified for the potential land swap.

This was the final meeting in a series of open houses. However, the Forest Service still invites your comments.

Please take the opportunity to make sure the Forest Service is aware of your comments and concerns by 5 p.m. Friday, May 15. Please tell the Forest Service and the Minnesota DNR that you support this land exchange.

Please see the sample message below. 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.

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 schoolchildren.

Name________________________­­­­_____           Date _____________

Direct any questions regarding the proposed School Trust Lands exchange to MSBA’s Denise Dittrich at ddittrich@mnmsba.org.

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