Monday, March 27, 2006

Republican Robin Hayes Sees The Light (at least briefly)

Dear Doombilly,

Thank you for contacting my office regarding the President's Budget
proposal concerning the sale of public lands. I appreciate hearing your
thoughts on this important issue.

Recently, I sent a letter to the President expressing my opposition to
the Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Proposal for the Forest Service - Secure
Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act Extension.

As you may know, the FY 2007 Budget includes a proposal that authorizes
the sale of certain National Forest System Lands to provide funding for
an extension of the Secure Rural Schools Act. This proposal calls for
the sale or more than 300,000 acres of forestland nationwide, including
15,000 acres in North Carolina. In fact, this proposal would cut
almost 5 percent of the Uwharrie National Forest.

The Uwharrie National Forest one of our district's largest attractions,
and is a vital component for economic development in the region. The
towns and communities in the area depend on tourism from those visiting
these pristine forest lands. This initiative could threaten the
Uwharrie National Forest, therefore I urged the President to develop a
different proposal to assist funding the Secure Rural Schools and Community
Self-Determination Act.

The House has yet to issue its budget for the upcoming year. Rest
assured, I will keep your thoughts in mind as Congress continues to address
the protection of public lands.

Thank you again for sharing your concerns with me. It is an honor to
serve as your United States Representative, and I look forward to
tackling the issues 8th District constituents sent me here to address. Please
know that I have assembled what I believe is the most responsive and
courteous staff in Congress. Your suggestions are always welcome, and if
ever we may be of assistance, please do not hesitate to call.

Robin Hayes
Member of Congress


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