Senate turns down proposal to sell parts of Daniel Boone National Forest

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WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (WYMT) - US Senator Rand Paul said he is trying to loosen federal restrictions on some land in rural Southern Kentucky.

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The proposal was considered as an amendment to a natural resources bill that was voted on in the nation's capital on Tuesday, but Paul's amendment was taken out.

McCreary County Judge-Executive Jimmie Greene said he supports Senator Paul's proposal. He said it could open up more economic development in an area that had its hands tied.

Paul's proposal would allow for the sale of certain lands in the Daniel Boone National Forest along US 27 from Burnside to the Tennessee state line, for the purpose of developing that land. Greene said the proposal would help McCreary County because 70 percent of it is considered federal land and the county is generally considered poor.

"As far as opening up a little bit of land, that might possibly, someone would want to develop for McCreary County. It could even be tied into the tourism," said Greene.

Not everyone agrees. Some fear that the senator's proposal could take away too much of the natural beauty and the wildlife the area is known for.

The status of Senator Paul's proposal is unclear but it will not be included in the natural resources legislation that was approved by the Senate Tuesday.

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