Wild places sustain and define us; we, in turn, must protect them.
Sen. Rand Paul introduces legislation to sell off Daniel Boone National Forest land. Calls urgently needed!
UPDATE #2: The Senate voted 92-8 in favor of S. 47 without Sen. Rand Paul's amendments. Thank you to everyone who took time to call our legislators in support of our Daniel Boone National Forest.
UPDATE #1: T he Senate will be addressing the Paul amendment, along with other amendments, TODAY (Feb. 12) at 4:30 pm and then move to a roll call vote on final passage. Keep those calls coming!
U.S. Senator Rand Paul has introduced two amendments to the Senate Natural Resources Management Act (S.47) that could devastate the southern half of the Daniel Boone National Forest in Kentucky. Calls to legislators are urgently needed.
One of Senator Paul’s amendments (S.Amdt.141) would require the U.S. Forest Service to sell an undisclosed acreage of the Daniel Boone National Forest in McCreary and Pulaski Counties. The language directs the Secretary of Agriculture (currently Trump appointee Sonny Purdue) to sell national forest land “along” U.S. 27 from Burnside to the Tennessee border, liquidating a highly biodiverse section of Kentucky’s national forest lands. The bill leaves the acreage and locations solely to the discretion of the Secretary of Agriculture, with no limitations or public input. The sale could be anywhere from 1 acre to 150,000 acres, and could potentially affect Beaver Creek Wilderness, the Sheltowee Trace National Recreation Trail, Barren Fork, and habitat for a large number of state and federally listed endangered species.
While this particular region includes a great deal of public land, there is ample private land in the Burnside, Pine Knot, and Stearns/Whitley City areas – and in between – that are open and situated for development. In fact, less than a third of the section of U.S. 27 identified for land sales passes through or abuts national forest land (see map at the end of this post). And there are plenty of locations with closed businesses and deteriorating structures in the area that are in need of redevelopment.
The other amendment introduced by Senator Paul (S.Amdt.140) would compel the Forest Service to allow the development of roads and utility right of ways through nearly the entire southern half of the Daniel Boone National Forest to reach “the waterways feeding into Lake Cumberland through the Daniel Boone National Forest in Rockcastle County, Pulaski County, Laurel County, Wayne County, McCreary County, and Whitley County, Kentucky, for the purpose of installing docks, boat slips, and marinas.” This covers the entire watersheds of the Rockcastle, Cumberland, and Big South Fork rivers. These waterways, and the forests that surround them, provide habitat for a wide range of federally and state endangered species and include some of the most cherished and popular recreational areas in the forest.
There are already several shuttered docks and marinas on Lake Cumberland, private areas with existing access, and current business owners struggling to sustain and grow their operations. To the extent that roads or other access are needed to reach any specific locations, the Forest Service can already allow access after following the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, and other laws and regulations - including allowing for public input into the process. Senator Paul’s amendment would take away authority and discretion from the U.S. Forest Service and completely cuts out public input.
National forest land is not an impediment to economic development in the southern part of the Daniel Boone, however Senator Paul chooses to spin the issue. Our public land is an asset. Whether Senator Paul is trying to curry favors with donors, or just exercise his ideological opposition the very idea of public lands, it doesn’t matter. He’s wrong, and this awful sell-off of our Daniel Boone National Forest needs to be vigorously opposed.
Calls to legislators are urgently needed.
In addition to Senators Paul and McConnell, please take the time to call other members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and ask them to oppose Senator Paul’s Amendments 140 and 141 to Senate Bill 47, the Natural Resources Management Act. Let them know that Rand Paul is not representing the interests of the majority of Kentuckians.
Recommended legislators to call:
You can see the full list for the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee here.
2/11/2019 10:26:55 am
Please do not sell any of Daniel Boone National Forrest land. It is a treasure of Kentucky and its citizens..Thank you
2/11/2019 07:56:33 pm
Posting that message here will do nothing. Call your state representatives!!
2/12/2019 10:02:47 am
Daniel Boone National Forest has been a family spot for Kentucky residents for years please do not sell
Michele Lee Roberts
2/14/2019 05:20:49 pm
I have been going to the Boone National forest for years with family and friends it is an amazing place please do not sell
2/12/2019 05:34:13 pm
DO NOT SELL!!!
2/14/2019 11:59:59 pm
I can’t understand how you even can dare to destroy that gorgeous piece of land!!! We must preserve our forests and parks and Rand !!! How could you!!!
2/13/2019 10:01:13 am
Do not sell any of Daniel Boone Forrest. It is not yours to sell. Awful greedy politicians!!!!
8/26/2019 01:12:55 pm
We have to protect our public lands
2/15/2019 03:52:41 pm
We must protect these park as if you sell its a sin that you are commiitting
2/16/2019 12:10:46 am
Please don't sell
8/28/2019 04:55:38 pm
Please don’t sell this beautiful land. I visited as A child and still remember it’s beauty. This land is A treasure for all not just those rich enough to by it.
2/11/2019 10:53:17 am
Called the offices of Sens. Paul, McCain, Manchin, Cantwell, Murkowski and Wyden.
2/12/2019 05:50:03 am
How did you call Senator McCain? I live in AZ and think that's a neat party trick. So, who did you call? What a joke
2/12/2019 03:02:18 pm
They clearly meant McConnell, Kentucky Senator. Don't be obtuse.
2/12/2019 03:10:11 pm
Manchin not McCain. Try reading.
2/13/2019 12:59:57 pm
Did McCain answer?
2/14/2019 09:46:29 am
Well you must have a time machine because McCain Has been dead for quite some time and no longer has an office.
8/24/2019 11:59:46 pm
John McCain is dead. :(
2/11/2019 01:32:28 pm
The US Forestry Service is will be told to sell it to some investors for a small percentage of what the land and resources are worth. The investors will sell the timber off to China. Then the taxpayers will have to clean up their mess. Jesse Helms tried the same thing in the 1980s with the Uwharrie National Forest in North Carolina and the deal fell though. Call the Sierra Club. They will stop it.
2/11/2019 11:18:07 pm
Thanks Mr. Bailey! Will do! I’v been a member for over 25 years!
Janet S Steenbergen Wheat
2/12/2019 12:44:26 am
How do we reach the Sierra Club?
2/11/2019 01:38:21 pm
Is NOTHING Sacred to these Carpet Baggers ????
2/12/2019 07:36:06 am
No, nothing but fattening their own pockets.
2/11/2019 01:53:59 pm
PLEASE do NOT sell any of the Daniel Boone National Forest!! I am sure it is for private interest and we need to keep our forest lands!!!
2/11/2019 01:58:47 pm
I am OPPOSED to selling of any of the Daniel Boone Forest
2/11/2019 02:17:07 pm
It is abhorrent that ANY of the Daniel Boone National Forest would be sold for any purpose. To think otherwise is ridiculous.
2/11/2019 02:30:21 pm
This National Forest s a gem....Please don't sell any of it!
2/11/2019 02:31:17 pm
I'm certain the MAJORITY of Kentuckians do not agree with this! How much do you need to destroy for larger bottom line?! This is disgusting and you know it! This is completely sickening!! I oppose over and over again! These are OUR lands!!
2/11/2019 02:51:36 pm
I tried calling and they said that I needed to speak with the Energy and Natural Resources committee. Same number, different committee. Please note!
2/11/2019 02:58:30 pm
Please do not vote to sell any of Kentucky's national forest. It is what attracts people to the region.
2/11/2019 03:03:49 pm
Please let me know when and how much. Ready to buy. I can manage, protect and keep prestine this land better than the government.
2/11/2019 10:50:51 pm
I have around 70 acres that joins in with some of the Daniel Boone for sale off highway 90. 10 miles before you get to the Cumberland Falls.
2/12/2019 12:51:46 am
How much are we talking?
2/11/2019 03:32:26 pm
The DBNF is a treasure here in KY. There is sufficient public lands to grow the economy. Eco tourism should be expanded and we can do that by painting our unique and diverse protected lands. Please remove this ammendment to the legislation prior to introducing it.
Eric J Fitch
2/11/2019 03:41:19 pm
Please block this imitative. Rand Paul is proposing a theft from the Public by selling off these lands and their resources to Corporations and their Billionaire owners to rape and pillage the land for profit. Keep these lands in the Public Domain where they will service current and future generations of Americans!
David E Chrisman
2/11/2019 03:45:21 pm
Do not sell!!
2/11/2019 03:53:15 pm
What are these idiots drinking? Or did his scrapping with his neighbor bruise the rocks in his head? Who’s feeding his bank account? OUR BEAUTIFUL FORESTS DONT HAVE PRICETAGS. These politicians have sold their soul to Satan people!! Wake up!!!
Sally Jett Davis
2/11/2019 04:37:12 pm
My family has connections to both Squire Boone and Breathitt County and besides the insult of Rand Paul's decision that some of the Daniel Boone Nationall Forest is not worth keeping for the nation or KY citizens specifically, to have the decision to sell not be something for public input is appalling! What possible justification for the "taking" from us is there?
2/11/2019 05:00:51 pm
Do not sell. Politicians do not care about the people they represent
2/11/2019 05:06:56 pm
I vigorously oppose Senator Paul's amendments to the National Resources management Act that would allow the sale of parcels of the protected Daniel Boone National Forest. We must protect these lands for future generations, not sell off for private gain.
2/11/2019 05:20:44 pm
Please Do Not pass amendments140 and 141. We need the DBNF left in its natural state! We must preserve the land for the wildlife and for future generations to enjoy!
2/11/2019 05:29:31 pm
SO SHOCKING! This place used to be called by the Indian name, Ywahoo Falls. It is the place where 100 Cherokee children had been gathered for protection after word spread that Governor John Sevier was sending the Tennessee militia to kill the Cherokee children as a solution to the "Indian problem." He is said to have commented that the way to rid the settlers of the Indian problem and open up land was to "kill the nits." Many years passed with the story of the massacre of the 100 Cherokee children being passed through generation of Cherokee, and being viewed as lore by others. The Cherokee placed a "unofficial" memorial marker at the site in 2006. But it was taken down because authorities said there was no proof. Years later, when a team of men were in the area dealing with some diseased trees, some of them went into the cave under the falls and discovered the whole surface covered with the bones of small children! This was reported, an archeological dig took place, and the story of the massacre of the children became official. Two of our ancestors were there fighting to protect the children, Jacob Troxell and his Cherokee wife (daughter of Chief Doublehead), Corn Blossom. Corn Blossom was killed there and Big Jake Troxell was said to have died there too, but secretly escaped down to Sand Mountain in north Alabama, remarried and lived 20 more years. This was a point when the Cherokee decided they were beaten and would fight no more. A number of them, including some of our ancestors, moved down into north Alabama and passed as White from them on, keeping their true identity secret. There is a grave marker at Ywahoo Falls honoring Jake Troxell at the site of the massacre. I am STUNNED that Rand Paul would propose this! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Massacre_at_Ywahoo_Falls
2/11/2019 08:52:09 pm
Was this before or after the march on Knoxville?
2/12/2019 06:04:06 am
Thank you my wife's family is part of the group that was attacked by the government and her great great grandfather was night halk who later became a Baxter after marrying a white farmers daughter in bowling green ky after escaped from the trail of tears I found this very interesting thank you
2/12/2019 11:47:50 am
I too am a Troxell descendant and have never seen the monument. I cannot believe Rand Paul would propose this. All about the money for them.
2/14/2019 06:51:23 pm
Republicans, especially libertarians disrespect you and I as their government, reject the right of the public to own and hold land collectively and disrespect indigenous people in America and around the world.
2/11/2019 05:31:07 pm
Please DO NOT SELL any part of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This is the most unthoughtful idea I have ever heard of. My parents, me and my siblings & our children and our grandchildren have been enjoying parts of this forest for many, many years now. My classmates from kindergarten through high school along with parents, siblings, children & grandchildren have also enjoyed this area for many years. It is totally unthinkable for it to be sold. Some things are not meant to be sold. And the Daniel Boone National Forest is definitely one of them.
2/11/2019 05:31:44 pm
We the people do not wish to sell our national forest lands!!!!!
2/11/2019 05:38:07 pm
It is not clear yet how Mr. Paul plans to make money from selling off pristine forest land owned by the people of Kentucky and America but you can bet your bottom dollar that Mr Paul is not doing it to benefit anyone but himself and his cronies.
2/11/2019 05:41:00 pm
This land is our heritage. Sell none of it.
2/11/2019 06:09:05 pm
Please no !!!!!!!! Are you kidding me????? My heritage!!!!!
2/11/2019 06:12:35 pm
America is nothing without its parks. They’re protected for a reason. How much more money could our government need and for what? Please don’t do this. They will frack and mine and destroy that land.
2/11/2019 06:21:58 pm
What a travesty! This area is such a treasure. Will call all members of the committee to oppose this.
2/11/2019 06:49:35 pm
I attempted to leave an opposed messsage on McConnell's DC office line, and it "cannot accept messages at this time". Pretty clear he does not give a damn what his constituents think! No surprise there.
2/11/2019 06:57:40 pm
According to a study published in Nature on Oct 31, 2018, led by researchers from the University of Queensland in Australia and the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, more than 77% of land on earth, excluding Antarctica, has been modified by human industry.
2/11/2019 11:32:54 pm
Thanks Justin, like you, I am surprised by Rand here. He has many good ideas and has fought against others of his party on issues. I am having real difficulty dealing with this administration as a whole!
2/12/2019 05:45:49 pm
Call tucker carlson
2/11/2019 07:14:19 pm
Follow the money. This is Rand paying off Hal Rogers. He'll take the heat and Hal will make another million or more on the development. When we do this, we're arrested for insider trading.
2/11/2019 07:22:37 pm
Is there no one in Washington that cares about out natural environments? What next. I think the White House Rose Garden would be a lovely place for a high rise development. Nothing is protected
2/11/2019 07:29:12 pm
Please do NOT sell ANY of the Daniel Boone National Forest. This is part of our history! Find another way to make money!
2/11/2019 07:32:12 pm
Why would any elected offical in thier right mind, allow the sale of any of our sacred land ,that has so much history of Kentucky. Only for a profit! Is this what America has come to, sale to the highest bidder?
2/11/2019 07:32:49 pm
TO THE US SENATE:
2/11/2019 07:37:40 pm
When you are over $100 trillion in debt, including unfunded liablities, you sell off EVERYTHING that is not producing positive net income.
2/11/2019 07:49:37 pm
Of course, they would want to sell the park land. They want to line their pockets.
2/11/2019 07:50:50 pm
What greed and disrespect these men are putting on display for all to see! We love our land and what little we still have for "all the people" must be preserved for posterity! Pray, speak, and vote is my motto! Please Lord, help save us from our greed and disregard for "the common good"!
2/11/2019 07:53:53 pm
Please do not sale this beautiful land it is so peaceful and a great place to go visit, Just don't do it !!!
2/11/2019 07:57:08 pm
My wife and I, individually and together, spend extensive time each year in the affected area and have been doing so since moving to southern Indiana in 1986. We spend freely on lodging, meals, entertainment, and more, all with local merchants. If this land is butchered so Rand Paul can pander to his constituency, we'll go elsewhere. If he were genuinely interested in the well being of the residents, he'd contribute to the move to make this into the recreational capital of the East, which it well could be.
2/11/2019 07:58:09 pm
Do Not sell Daniel Boone National Lands or any other national lands. We need to preserve these precious spaces for us, and future generations!
2/11/2019 08:04:18 pm
Its all about money
2/11/2019 08:15:29 pm
If your wanting to sell off land sell off mammoth cave national park that way you would never be elected want to know where RAND PAUL look for TV camera.
2/11/2019 08:39:40 pm
Please Do Not Sell any part of the Daniel Boone National Forest for any reason! This is beautiful land and home to much wildlife. Do not destroy, Rand Paul!
2/11/2019 09:08:30 pm
We should NEVER sell any of our national treasures!
2/11/2019 09:10:39 pm
One of the greatest assets that Eastern & Southeast Ky has will be destroyed! Tell Rand Paul HELL NO!
2/11/2019 09:18:30 pm
Most of the land in question is comprised of Ridgeline and Forest on it's second or third growth after being cut repeatedly since the late 1800's. It poses no value to anything other than a 'Good Ole Boy' wanting to build a mansion with a view on a bluff above some water. The ridiculous thing is the number of times the county has been passed over for any meaningful economic development. I guess you can take whatever you want from one of the poorest counties in the nation. The question now is who wants the land?
2/11/2019 09:20:50 pm
Please do not sell
2/11/2019 09:23:22 pm
My questions are: How much is Mr. Paul getting for pushing this? And who is bankrolling this attempt?
2/12/2019 12:39:37 pm
My thoughts exactly Mr Saddler!
2/11/2019 09:35:27 pm
A thoroughly reprehensible plan that needs to die. Now.
Vicki L Nichols
2/11/2019 09:48:47 pm
Do not sell Daniel Boone forest. We need to keep a little bit of God's nature alive.
2/11/2019 09:54:27 pm
Keep the Daniel Boone National Forest land intact. No sale. No development.
2/11/2019 09:59:46 pm
Do not allow this greed to happen! How much money are the rapacious interests paying?
David W. Overbey
2/11/2019 10:00:41 pm
I opppose selling any portion of Daniel Boone National Forest for any reason. The area is a treasure of natural beauty for citizens of the Commonwealth and visitors, and a place of rare biodiversity that should be protected. Sen. Paul’s plan only seeks to enrich a few private businesses at the expense of public and environmental well-being.
2/11/2019 10:01:18 pm
A Sculpture of a Posthuman breathing from the last Tree on Earth..
2/11/2019 10:02:32 pm
Against selling our national or state land.
2/11/2019 10:11:18 pm
Why sell the land? Is it so someone can develop it to make a profit? I hope you are not able to sell it.
2/11/2019 10:17:33 pm
I'd like to see all the public lands protected for our descendants, but you all need to realize, you voted for these people, so now you're probably going to reap what you've sown.
2/11/2019 10:18:00 pm
Keep your hands off our Park's and our national Forest leave them alone .They are all we have left .
roderic l murray
2/11/2019 10:19:19 pm
It is a very sad to think that some of this beautiful land will be sold. In no way is this a good issue, and I'm exceedingly disappointed that Senator Paul would even suggest it.
2/11/2019 10:28:12 pm
I am writing to ask you not to consider the sale of our National Forest or our Parks,and the countries Recreational areas. After they are gone we will never get them back
2/11/2019 10:45:24 pm
I am strongly opposed to any land sale in Daniel Boone National Forest . These parks and forests across the United States need to remain for future generations to enjoy. Our land all around us are devastated buy people taking down all the trees and diregarding the damage done to the environment ! It makes me sad our grandchildren will not see the once beautiful areas our forfathers had the sence to protect. Leave our parks and forests alone and use the land you've already destroyed and repurpose it for your cause. Stay out of our forests!
2/11/2019 10:57:38 pm
Thankfully a similar bill has zero chance of passing in the democratically held House of Representatives.
phillip d riddell
2/11/2019 11:09:22 pm
Keep your hands off our Park's and our national Forest leave them alone .They are all we have left . to many endanger species of plants and animals .
2/11/2019 11:15:53 pm
Stop raping our country for financial profit ! Enough !
2/11/2019 11:33:34 pm
Please don't do this
2/11/2019 11:44:32 pm
Wait till they meet the seed ticks , rattle snakes and bears in that area. They may not like the public intrusion
2/11/2019 11:50:57 pm
Money hungry Politicians come and go. And leave a trail of wreckage behind them and their pockets stuffed with cash. We need to stand against this greed to the very end. We can stop this.
2/12/2019 12:01:37 am
Gov. Matt Bevin has already been taking land and giving it to his friends. 46 acres of park, Boone Station State Historic Site in southeast Fayette County per the Lexington Herald:
Janet E Crain
2/12/2019 12:22:55 am
I posted this Twitter. You're
2/12/2019 12:25:12 am
I am begging you, please do not sell any part of Daniel Boone National Forrest. It’s a true Kentucky treasure that our children and their children deserve to enjoy.
Roy M Phillips
2/12/2019 01:12:14 am
Don't forget who controls the House of Reps, now. I don't see this one ever seeing the light of day. Call that idiot, tho, and tell him that's what he is. Well, idiots tend to forget that's what they are unless someone tells them on an almost minute-by-minute basis each day.
2/12/2019 01:41:19 am
Please don’t sell off our National Park Land! Save it for the future generations!!
2/12/2019 05:12:09 am
Guess what Kentucky, this land is already owned by the federal government not Kentucky. One way to prevent the horrible forest fires that devastate National Park lands is through allowing harvesting of timber and reforestation. Eco tourism requires roads, power lines, water and internet. ..all basic infrastructure. Lands sold to private corporations pay property taxes to fund schools. Selling strategic areas of national forest is a win-win.
2/12/2019 10:01:27 am
there is no "win" for the public when currently designated public resources that are available to be enjoyed are sold to private developers and access is no longer allowed, sensitive watersheds and ecological conditions are altered, etc.
2/12/2019 12:19:03 pm
No win-win. If all our National Parks and Forests are seen as quick caches of revenue generation for every generation of exploitation that comes along....our landscape, what makes our nation grand and great and beautiful, will soon lay denuded and monotonous. Our lands do not belong to a single generation anymore to rape at will. We are stewards for future generations to have unspoiled places to cherish nature's beauty and solace. There are plenty of roads and internet and infrastructure. Human beings need places to escape from that to replenish and reflect on what God has given. If one doesn't believe in God....one can reflect on what Nature gives us...if we are not greedy and selfish.
2/12/2019 05:54:24 am
Start a petition to keep the land from being sold! You can go on websites like care2.com to start one. I don't know everything I feel like I need to know about this issue or I would have started one.
2/12/2019 05:58:20 am
They never have enough. Take and take.
2/12/2019 07:07:43 am
National Parks/Forests are owned by the people not the politicians we need to save them for future generations to enjoy as we have.
2/12/2019 07:44:23 am
It is so sad to see this happening to a beautiful Forest. We as American deserve to have these sacred lands to enjoy and recreate in with our friends and family. Being sold to the highest bidder is a travesty! Once they are gone, we'll never get them back. Rich corporations will rape the land and build condos.
2/12/2019 09:51:45 am
This is absolutely criminal, extremely short sited and just plain wreaks of greed! This must be stopped!
2/12/2019 09:59:55 am
This cuts both ways. I get not wanting to see part of the forest. However, the state is broke. Remember all the pension drama? In order to grow & sustain our citizens we must do something.
2/12/2019 10:12:30 am
Why would he want to do this? It doesn't make sense.
2/12/2019 10:47:18 am
Follow the money. Most likely investors for funding his campaign. Find the investors find the money.
2/12/2019 10:47:52 am
Do NOT do this! Those lands belong to WE, THE PEOPLE not the greed hogs who only see $ signs.
2/12/2019 10:51:48 am
2/12/2019 11:04:59 am
FACT CHECK: The above photo of natural arch in the Daniel Boone national Forest is nowhere near US 27!
2/12/2019 11:52:43 am
A few facts for you:
2/12/2019 11:27:07 am
No! Our public land is not an asset to be liquidated. Or states natural beauty is a gift!
2/12/2019 12:07:18 pm
Please do not sell! What did the forest and it's creature's do to you? Besides have wondrous beauty for all of us to see and to adventure around what our God's have created. Politics these days just don't care anymore. Our country is already an embarrassment and it's only getting worse. #don'tsell #nature
2/12/2019 12:09:18 pm
Rand Paul....you are obviously spending too much time sitting in an office or in the Senate rather than hiking through trees and over streams. Human beings need the enrichment that only nature can provide. If you are willing to sacrifice part of our heritage, and that of your children and grandchildren...to reap some temporary, superficial gain in earth's resources, you obviously have not spent enough time bathing in the splendor that only untouched time has contributed to nature's unspoiled beauty. We cannot replace time. We cannot replace beauty that, once spoiled, will be abandoned and forgotten, only to be replaced by monotonous manmade vistas. Please don't promote the exploitation of Daniel Boone National Forest. Go out....walk in it. Breathe it in. Love it....as we do all of our National Parks and Forests.
2/12/2019 12:11:38 pm
All through we do not live in Kentucky my Husband is from there. Every year we go down to Ky. just to run the hills (Daniel Boone Forest). Nada tunnel area. We would take our kids down in the hills. Have our picnics along the side of the road. We go and walk The trails. Go to Natural Bridge. Please do not sale this land. What would happen to the Bears and other little animals? The red river gorge, Government please leave this land along.
2/12/2019 12:20:47 pm
Shared this post and made calls. When I actually got to talk to a staff member, they were all aware of amendments 140 and 141 to SB 47 and the opposition to them...so, I’d say we are getting our point across. Whether it makes a difference remains to be seen.
2/12/2019 12:31:14 pm
The federal government owns too much land already. Sell it off. Let it become land that can benefit the communities around it. McCreary County was at one time the third poorest county in the nation. Maybe that’s because the USFS owns 90%+ of the county. There are no jobs or industry there that pay a decent wage. I’m sorry but tourism will not ever make up the difference. Just go look at Pigeon Forge. Yes there’s a lot of people and money there but the jobs are mostly service jobs that pay a low wage in an area where real estate is only for the wealthy. There is a wide income gap there. This land could be sold
2/12/2019 12:48:48 pm
Only about 5% of Kentucky is public land, most of that federally-managed national forests and some national park lands. McCreary County is economically distressed, but the presence of public land is not the problem. The county has about 100,000 acres in its private, taxable land base. There's plenty of land for development, and lots of land for sale. There are seven counties with about the same, or less, taxable land base that don't have 175,000 acres of public land and trails as an asset funded by taxpayers outside the county.
2/12/2019 12:36:05 pm
do not sell the park thats crazy its part of are nature reserves to protect Animals that could be endangers so do not sell thats not right
2/12/2019 12:58:23 pm
I am going to call the listed representatives but feel pretty hopeless in light of what they stand for.
2/12/2019 01:10:06 pm
Do not sell this land it does not belong to you to sell it belongs to the people of Kentucky. If you want to sell something sell your stuff. Not what the people of Kentucky own. You are overstatening your boundaries and selling the property of the people of my. Vote it down my friends
Vivienne St. Claire
2/12/2019 01:26:49 pm
The "untouched" land is what makes this area such a remarkable place. There is already enough commercialism in the area. We don't need any more docks or marinas. This is my favorite area in the whole world. I can't imagine it changed in any way. Please stop this insanity!
2/12/2019 01:36:04 pm
Please leave what land we have left preserved and do not sell.
2/12/2019 01:57:55 pm
2/12/2019 02:28:44 pm
Please do not sell of any of our national parks and forests. They are national treasures that cannot be replaced and many are enjoyed routinely for hiking, camping, rafting, etc. As an aside, all you do is take the money and spend it on things we don't need or want. We can't ever get our national parks or forests back.
2/12/2019 02:34:32 pm
Please do not sell the First land. Many tourists and many more residents of Kentucky, use these lands for recreation, peace and quiet, just enjoying nature. I've hiked this Forest many times.
2/12/2019 02:48:00 pm
This would be an adtrocity on multiple levels. Both for sustainable aggriculture and for the many endangered species living within the forest. I understand the need to maintain infrastructure and create more logistical routes for commerce and military flow. However, at what cost. Daniel Boone national Forest is a landmark and one of Kentucky's biggest tourist destination. Please vote against this bill....
2/12/2019 03:19:58 pm
NO!!! This is ridiculous. Solve some real problems.
2/12/2019 03:32:05 pm
I am so sorry Rand Paul has set his sights on our Daniel Boone NATIONAL Forest for profit. Let's face it, he would not have sponsored such a bill if there was not profit for him involved. The members of Congress all ready have raped other lands for profit and NOW a National Forest? I don't know why J. Marie thinks the State is broke, but if she/he knows something I don't, how did she/he come up with the idea that the money from the sale of National Forest land would go to help this the problem...STOP, THINK. The bottom line for Rand Paul is his own bank accounts, the good old boy "You pat my back and I'll pat yours" idea. Take some here and some there, it will never be missed and we can develop it. WHAT kind of development? Certainly NOT for Pensions..The Pension "Drama" are all from the mind of our Governor. McCreary Co. is mentioned as being POOR. How assured are we that selling Daniel Boone Forest Land IS GOING TO THAT?? Many questions to be answered before we "give away" our National lands to the lowest bidder. WHERE will the money go, who will have control of it?? and on and on....
2/12/2019 04:02:53 pm
The thought of anyone disturbing such a beautiful, serene place sickens me. I have spent countless hours hiking and camping in Daniel Boone in my twenties, and now ready to take my kids there now that they are a little older. PLEASE don’t disrupt this land. Leave it for us to enjoy. There are not enough places like this left for our children to get away from technology. Places like this don’t rebuild over night. Once it’s gone, it’s gone! PLEASE!
2/12/2019 04:05:32 pm
Keep it wild! If this comes to pass the rich will get richer at the expense of nature lovers, wildlife, and Kentucky citizens. Once they start developing it seems to never stop! The Daniel Boone Forest is a treasure and my wish would be they keep it that way.
2/12/2019 04:21:36 pm
These lands, forest & parks need to be around. They're an escape from the hustle & bustle of everyday life & a retreat to enjoy the beauty of nature.
2/12/2019 04:23:54 pm
In the 1970's the government wanted to flood the Red River Gorge so that little boats could float around and make lots of noise and pollution!! Senator Marlowe Cook was the only thing that stood in the path, God rest his soul. I hope we have another savior to stop Rand Paul's agenda.. So greedy and ridiculous...
2/12/2019 05:29:23 pm
My grand grandfather, a prominent preacher in the early days of this region, is buried there. Do not desecrate the beautiful land and burial sites of our ancestors.
2/12/2019 05:42:17 pm
DO NOT SELL OFF THIS LAND, IT'S NOT YOURS TO SELL. YOU ARE ALL EVIL AND RUINING THE EARTH.
2/12/2019 05:59:02 pm
I am 100% against using public lands for anything other than what was set forth when they were established. Any one who tries otherwise will lose my vote.
2/12/2019 07:44:24 pm
Please please do not sell any part of Daniel Boone National Forest, we own a Lakehouse in Bronston, Ky and frequent the park many, many times during the year. I look forward, in the future, in sharing the park with my grandchildren. It a beautiful park please do not sell.
2/12/2019 07:50:20 pm
Please do not sell this treasure. It is full of special locations, memories and has so much to offer so many. Our world needs more places like this. Save Daniel Boone Forest
2/12/2019 08:03:56 pm
Mr Paul what kind of dope are you smoking or taking to want to sell any part of a national forrest. It was left for the people of the US to cherish and learn our heritage of this country. The trees help with the environment and the air which most is polluted. Just leave all of it alone for Americans to enjoy and explore. All of you government officials that went to sell of the land you will soon need a job. Keep it up and you will soon say goodbye to your job.
2/12/2019 08:15:27 pm
RECALL ALL of these greedy bastard republiCONS!
Sue S Bohon
2/12/2019 08:21:42 pm
DO NOT SELL THIS LAND. We owe it to mankind to preserve this land for the future. This land is sacred. Rand Paul, have you ever hiked or camped there? Being from Bowling Green, have you any idea how much we cherish this land? My husband and I and our children have spent many days and nights there. Boy Scouts have hiked and camped there. My husband and adult son, both Eagle Scouts, have taken many boys there to learn about the beauty of Kentucky. We value this land and will strive to protect it. Rand Paul, I can't believe you are trying to sell property there. I've lost faith in you, Rand Paul. Do not do this to our beautiful state.
Deborah, a professor and nature advocate
2/13/2019 02:07:49 am
I urge you to please preserve this sacred land. It is our duty to save what is left of the natural environment, given that our species has already destroyed most of it. DO NOT SELL!
2/13/2019 06:14:35 am
What an idiot to much land is destroyed now
2/13/2019 06:53:40 am
Please do not sell Ky Forrest land in the Daniel Boone National Park. I am against Rand Paul’s proposal. That land is important and should be protected.
2/13/2019 06:57:04 am
Please do not sell our protected forest land in the Ky Daniel Boone National Park. It is important and should be maintained and protected for our future.
2/13/2019 07:38:18 am
Have they lost their mind or something????? Leave the land alone
2/13/2019 07:42:27 am
This idea is atrocious. We must protect the forest. There is no need to disturb such an amazing piece of land. Shane on you, Rand Paul, for even considering it.
2/13/2019 08:16:53 am
Let this part of what little natural land is still around alone, we need it more than anything, without it we will be our own demise! Don’t be short sighted leave this land alone.
Peggy St. Clair
2/13/2019 08:32:10 am
Forests are the lungs of the earth, the one sure way we can cut carbon emissions. For the good of all, and for all of the right reasons beyond this one plea, protect public lands. We entrust our elected officials to PROTECT our interests, not ruin us.
2/13/2019 09:03:45 am
Contacting all shown. Getting a lot of mailbox full replies but will keep trying. This is too important to give up. All these parks are too beautiful and important to touch. These are ours not theirs. Save them for future generations.
9/1/2019 01:23:09 pm
Send real letters Flood their offices. Esp Rand Paul's
2/13/2019 09:08:44 am
trump and all his men need to be replaced do not sell off our national treasures to greedy corporations and private interests
2/13/2019 09:20:21 am
The good news is Murkowski's office says the bill passed committee WITHOUT the amendments. So we were successful this time.
2/13/2019 11:17:48 am
DO NOT SELL ANY PUBLIC LANDS!!!!!
2/13/2019 11:35:26 am
today is 2/13, to late for the meeting. Unconscionable to turn valuable wild places into developments and wide roads. God's first commandment in Genesis is to steward and care for the land so it can be fruitful and multiply not just the people. Then again without the land we won't be able to multiply.
2/13/2019 12:58:18 pm
I will say I choose to live in Kentucky because of the beautiful land available and the access to DBF and other natural resources. I moved here from Maryland (also very beautiful state) until...our state reps. starting selling off every bit of real estate surrounding protected areas. Our beautiful state of Maryland turned into one big traffic jam connecting city to city without anything beautiful at all. The view of the Chesapeake Bay gone from the normal bridge crossings from suburbs and replaced with interstates housing developments and shopping centers. Baltimore City? None of it helped the city. Revitalization was the word. Mass destruction was the result. Please don't let Kentucky fall into this illusion. Moving into a bigger city will bring you bigger paychecks. Leave nature where she belongs.
2/13/2019 03:57:35 pm
leave the forest alone.
2/13/2019 04:38:23 pm
This is horrible. Why in the world would you do something like this? What is wrong with you?
2/13/2019 05:18:42 pm
This is Shaneful. We cannot let this happen!!Such rich economic & research opportunities in this area. Teach them how to sustain and preserve the lifetimes and memories this land holds. It cannot be just 'sold'....
2/13/2019 09:09:26 pm
No sellikng of National Forest lands. ever. anywhere.
2/14/2019 02:04:40 am
Do not sell our national forests. They are what makes America great. Daniel Boone National Forest should not be sold or developed.
2/14/2019 06:32:02 am
Believe it or not, there are things more important than money. This land belongs to the nation, and must be protected.
2/14/2019 07:18:39 am
I am eighth generation Kentuckian. I have lived in other States including Florida and California. I have also lived in other countries including Australia and New Zealand. There is not a more beautiful place in the world than Daniel Boone National Forest. No true Kentuckian would ever consider selling any part of it. Rand Paul needs to be voted out...
2/14/2019 11:05:57 am
Anyone that thinks selling land to develop is the solution to money problems is extremely short sited and needs to visit the forest alot more than they do. Land, forest land is a very limited resource. if we choose to make money more important than that kind of habitat for animals, insects, plants and fertile forest soil we will surely get what we deserve: a barren planet that no longer sustains life.
2/14/2019 12:24:44 pm
Don’t sell the land you’re not intitled to. Plus why get rid of a beautiful forest that inhabits animals and THEIR homes. It’s also a treasure to the state. Why destroy it for buildings we don’t need or whatever the hell they want to put there. Sorry but the money hungry politicians need to get out and see the beauty nature can offer. Not destroy it, just so more people can move in and make a mess of it. The earth will soon have no more forests at the rate humans are going. Take a step back and see.
2/14/2019 03:12:52 pm
Do not sell the Daniel Boone National Forest!
2/15/2019 01:32:26 am
Hate to say this but these guys just don't care. It's sad because our lands, national monuments, our waters are being destroyed and they WILL NOT consult and get citizenship approval, votes from the community, the tax payers. Once they have been voted in and/or appointed, that's it...they do what they want. I have come to realize that our voice doesn't matter...we don't matter. It's become a criminal government. Your phone calls will not matter. Look at what happened to the Dakota pipeline protest.
2/15/2019 06:38:52 am
It is not a good plan for Kentucky to sell the national forest. This is a cherished area that is enjoyed by so many.
2/15/2019 07:42:37 am
Do not sell any of the National Forest. It preserves the land like nothing else. Recreation facilities already in the area are having to struggle to stay in business. More development is not the answer.
2/15/2019 07:39:31 pm
Cherish this place and it's wonderful beauty. Do not sell it! It would be a tragic loss.
2/16/2019 03:29:46 am
If I had the money, I would buy it and keep it the way it is, no ruining our nature!!! Maybe we need form a group to get enough money to keep government out!
2/18/2019 02:02:36 pm
The Boone Society has a mission statement,
2/20/2019 12:45:53 pm
Please do not sell any of the Daniel Boone National Forrest land. It is a treasure of Kentucky and a legacy for its people.
2/26/2019 01:38:24 am
Don't sell, lease, give away, or otherwise desecrate any of this national treasure - you ghastly scuzbags. Trash your own properties if you must, but leave public trust lands alone.
8/19/2019 10:53:11 am
How does one claim love of his country, yet have a flagrant disregard of the land, the environment, and the people? Republicans lack basic humanitarian principles, and basic ethics, as Rand Paul constantly reminds us.
8/19/2019 11:47:21 am
Discouraging to see the Senators priorities are so out of touch with reality. Nationally, National Forest Recreation economic impacts are greater than all other uses combined (logging, mining, grazing). The National Visitor Use Monitoring (NVUM) Program has data to back it up. Forests are surveyed every five years.
8/19/2019 04:46:33 pm
I'm related to Boon can't I make them STOP?? I DONT WANT IT TO BE SOLD!! CAN ANYONE CALL ME ABOUT THIS?? PLEASE GET AHOLD OF ME THROUGH MY E-MAIL?? BUY MY EMAIL IS firstname.lastname@example.org...
8/20/2019 03:37:06 am
allow frump to by kentucky
8/20/2019 09:22:11 am
Please don’t sell
8/20/2019 04:36:28 pm
Called all, as requested!!!!!!!!!
Timothy M. Little
8/20/2019 06:33:43 pm
It's a shame how our national parks are being selling off in term of greedy profits. You're not American!!
8/29/2019 02:29:06 pm
I pray that this insane approach to sell this property of sacred. National Forest Daniel
8/31/2019 01:34:03 pm
We need our forests. Please leave them along. There are other ways to promote economic development. Economic development that tears apart assets cannot really be called development. No good will come of destroying our beautiful forests.
9/2/2019 10:12:37 am
National Forest belongs to people of Kentucky and United States taxpayers don't sell it. People will get tired of you messing up. And vote you out of office. Make America great again
9/4/2019 02:49:34 pm
please our limited natural forest and resource along and protected. we have already lost to much. protect for our future generations as well. once go e, we will not be able to reclaim them, there beauty and so many benefits.
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