Report blasts land giveaways

Following recent congressional proposals that would divvy up millions of acres of federal land among states and private interests, the Natural Resources Defense Council released a report charging that such measures would "impoverish the nation." NRDC outlines what it calls an assault on public lands: budget resolutions allowing the sale of national forests and wildlife refuges, bills to transfer Bureau of Land Management properties to states and eliminate selected national parks, and budget cuts that would drastically weaken the authority of federal land managers. "Congressional leaders have developed a series of strategies aimed at liquidating our federal lands under the pretext of deficit reduction and government efficiency," say NRDC authors Johanna H. Wald and Sami Yassa. Copies of the 24-page, Selling Our Heritage: Congressional Plans for America's Public Lands, are available for $7.50 plus $1.45 shipping and handling from NRDC Publications Department, 40 W. 20th Street, New York, NY 10011.