Trails West and Okaw Valley Councils Merger Update

Last month I wrote about a potential merger between two Illinois Councils, Trails West and Okaw Valley councils. Well now it looks like the next step towards a merger has been approved. The Council Newsletter relates:

On Wednesday, October 29th, Executive Boards from both Trails West Council and Okaw Valley Council met and approved a resolution to consolidate the two councils and form a new Boy Scout council in the Metro East area.  A new combined council would service 15 counties and over 20,000 youth members.

The Final vote will take place in January 2009

A final vote on the recommendation will take place on January 6, 2009 by voting members of the council. These members are Charter Organization Representatives, Members at Large and Executive Board members. At present a time and place are being secured. A formal letter will be mailed to these voting members informing them of location.

Since the final vote will not take place until after the OA Charter process,

The Order of the Arrow lodges would  operate as separate lodges until late in 2009. At that time, the lodges would consolidate into a  new lodge with a new name. Members of both executive committees have already met and established the time tables and details.

More info when it becomes available.


Government cannot make man richer, but it can make him poorer.” —Ludwig von Mises

Who Owns the US?

I ran across this map in my readings and wanderings at an interesting blog site StrangeMaps
. Surprising, to me at least, the percentages of the western states owned by the Federal Government.

The United States government has direct ownership of almost 650 million acres of land (2.63 million square kilometers) – nearly 30% of its total territory. These federal lands are used as military bases or testing grounds, nature parks and reserves and Indian reservations, or are leased to the private sector for commercial exploitation (e.g. forestry, mining, agriculture). They are managed by different administrations, such as the Bureau of Land Management, the US Forest Service, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the US Department of Defense, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Bureau of Reclamation or the Tennessee Valley Authority.

Hat Tip: Marginal Revolution