In the Name of the Children

Environmentalists cry foul as legislators argue that a land swap will benefit public education

As SWAN's Fenner sees it, the proposed land swap is simply a last-ditch effort to keep public lands open to logging. In the timber industry, Fenner observes, fears that the Forest Service may discontinue logging are endemic. By transferring title to such a large swath of the Superior National Forest, the industry would buy itself more time--and more wood. "[The state] should have taken the buyout, but the redneck politicians wouldn't allow it. But this isn't about schoolchildren. This is about logs," Fenner concludes. "They don't want money. They want logs. What really gets my goat is to use schoolchildren in this way."

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