Half of British forest land to be sold off

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Half of British forest land to be sold off

Post by Shorea » Sun Oct 24, 2010 8:32 pm

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/countr ... rests.html
Caroline Spelman, the Environment Secretary, is expected to announce plans within days to dispose of about half of the 748,000 hectares of woodland overseen by the Forestry Commission by 2020.

The controversial decision will pave the way for a huge expansion in the number of Center Parcs-style holiday villages, golf courses, adventure sites and commercial logging operations throughout Britain as land is sold to private companies.
I found this piece of news quite dismaying. Forest land always come last.

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Re: Half of British forest land to be sold off

Post by James Parton » Sun Oct 24, 2010 9:40 pm

I found this quite dismaying too. I think I sent this link to Ed earlier today.
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Bonfire of the Quangos - from the Sierra Club

Post by edfrank » Tue Oct 26, 2010 12:09 pm

Bonfire of the Quangosby
The Sierra Club on Monday, October 25, 2010 at 7:20pm
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When it comes to the term "deforestation," many believe the topic is confined to the southern hemisphere, where gargantuan bulldozers rip the guts out of heavily wooded rainforests when another hefty chunk of the Amazon becomes commercial farmland.

But the focus is soon to shift from thick jungles to the gray skies of budget-cutting Great Britain. Faced with a significant financial deficit (who isn't?), the nation is considering the notion of cashing in on their state-owned tree collections.

While surveying their administration for possible cuts, one word kept repeatedly popping out: quango.

The United Kingdom is rife with "quasi-autonomous non-governmental organizations," or quangos, and Britain's Forestry Commission is one of them. The umbrella under which the commission resides is called the Department for the Environment Food and Rural Affairs, which is being forced to eviscerate itself by 30 percent. DEFRA is not looking at forestry as the sole quango to cut in what has been called the "bonfire of the quangos."

While there was talk of burning the Forestry Commission altogether, it seems to have survived, though like most of the quangos, its budget is going to see some astronomical subtractions.

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