Friday, October 16, 1998
Part 1 / The Corporations
Crown Pacific gets land despite last-minute revelations
Mining Company has close times with government in land exchange
Part 2 / The Speculators
Private owners play games of backcountry speculation
In his line of work, Jim Dunn, a local land manager for the U.S. Forest Service, hears plenty of threats. So word that someone planned to build a luxury home smack in the middle of federally protected wilderness seemed like just more tall talk. Until the helicopter came
Millionaire, forest official want a swap; public goes 'ballistic'
Even man who profited agrees: 'The taxpayers got screwed here'
Part 3 / The Environmentalists
Environmental groups profit from land trades
Harriet Burgess' nonprofit organization has tony offices in one of the nation's highest-rent neighborhoods, with an across-the-street view of the pyramidic Transamerica Building. Burgess' nonprofit does almost no fund raising, yet it covers annual operating costs of $2 million. Burgess' nonprofit pays her $118,000 a year.
Third parties often are key to land swaps
Part 4 / The Bureaucrats
Federal appraisers sometimes find their decisions mean trouble
Value for value. That's the heart of any trade, be it kids swapping Beanie Babies, teams swapping baseball players or federal bureaucrats swapping land with private owners.
When push comes to shove, it's often public appraisers who get moved
Judge says Wyoming appraisals failed the test of impartiality
Part 5 / The Politicians
How congressional pressure can sway land exchanges
When U.S. Forest Service officials in Utah decided they would trade a businessman 220 acres of public land so he could build a ski resort, almost nobody was happy.
Arkansas land trade sails through with senator's help
Low on money, feds rely on barter system
Part 6 / The Future
After two years of wrangling, decision on massive Plum Creek trade nears
Through two years of negotiating, Plum Creek Timber has offered the U.S. Forest Service a simple choice: complete a trade for 60,000 acres of the company's land by the end of 1998, or Plum Creek will start logging it. As the deadline approaches, the company is still waiting for the answer.
Possible solutions to land-trade problems
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