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Military's request for more land draws ire in Georgia

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July 26, 2013


By Joel Williams

Atlanta, Georgia: A defense funding bill currently entering the United States Senate has caused an uproar in Dahlonega, Georgia over an item included by Rep. Doug Collins (R). Collins added a provision that would cede a 282-acre track of land from the Forestry Service to the Army to use as a Rangers training ground. The Army currently leases the land from the Forestry Service, but owning the land completely would remove the requirement to obtain Forestry Service permission whenever the Army wants to alter the land. A swap had been discussed in the past, but hit a snag when the Forestry Service asked for $10 million to build new structures on the land they were receiving. Opponents of the plan have raised concerns over duties the Forestry Service currently performs, such as stopping erosion and poachers, being handled by the military.[1]

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