Among the first quasi-political applications of Google maps
March 18th, 2006 by JTJ

From the Google Earth Blog….

March 17, 2006

Sierra Club Shows Public Land Sale Proposal in Google Earth

Sierra Club on Public Land Sale in Google EarthThe
Sierra Club has created a Google Earth file providing information about
a proposed plan by the US government to sell 800,000 acres of its own
public lands to fund a program. While the program may be important
(funding for schools), I don't think I'm the only US citizen who thinks
selling our public lands is the way to fund government programs.
Especially when you view the number of parcels and exact locations of
the proposed lands in the satellite and aerial photos of Google Earth.
Most of the proposed parcels of land fall within National Forests and
are pristine areas with primeval forests with mountainous terrain and
untold amounts of wildlife and other plants and organisms important to
our environment. See for yourself, load this Sierra Club GE file
and you can easily see the extent and type of land we would be giving
up. There's no better way to see what this land sale proposal consists
of other than driving out to see the lands yourself.

The public comment period on the proposal is open through March 30.
If you are like me, a US citizen and against this proposal, then take
action now. There are more details on the proposed sale at the Sierra Club here. This also includes a place to sign a petition.
The file shows the congressional representatives and the number of
acres proposed in their districts. You should also contact your
congressional representative about your lands.

Posted by FrankTaylor at March 17, 2006 08:58 AM

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