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Stop The Sale Of Our National Forest

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The Bush administration has announced two new proposals that would liquidate our natural heritage in order to raise cash to cover budget shortfalls. The first of President Bush's proposed fire sales would auction off 300,000 acres of irreplaceable land in national forests spanning 35 different states from Virginia to California. The Bush administration put forward this national forest sell-off as a fast way to raise money for a rural schools program that has run out of funding.

The U.S. Forest Service has already posted a list of "Lands Potentially Eligible for Sale" on its website. Some of these lands are in the middle of beloved natural treasures -- the Alaskan rainforest, the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem, the Greater Cumberland Plateau region and California's spectacular Sierra Nevada.

A separate Bush proposal would reverse longstanding law so that the administration can put an estimated 500,000 acres of public wildlands -- overseen by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) -- on the auction block and use the proceeds for deficit reduction. Currently, the BLM is allowed to sell off public land but the law requires the agency to use the proceeds to buy other land for the public. The Bush Administration wants Congress to change this law so it can sell our land to developers and then use 70 percent of the proceeds to cover its budget shortfall.

Together, these two scandalous proposals would put a "For Sale" sign on 1,250 square miles of our natural heritage -- an area the size of Yosemite National Park -- in the hopes of raising $1 billion in short-term cash. Dozens of newspaper editorials across the country have already expressed outrage at the administration's proposed sell-off of our public lands -- lands which belong to all Americans, present and future.

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. 

He is the author of The Bottom-up Revolution; Mastering the Emerging World of Connectivity scheduled for release May 22, 2019

He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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