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In late September, the House Resources Committee, chaired by Rep. Richard Pombo (R-Calif.), accidentally revealed a plan to sell Theodore Roosevelt Island and other National Park Service (NPS) lands to developers. Quieting the near-universal jeers, Pombo spokesperson Brian Kennedy told the Washington Post, “It’s very safe to say the chairman has no interest in, and no intention of, introducing legislation that would sell national parks.” A month later, Pombo did just that. On Oct. 26, he introduced legislation that would put Poplar Point, part of the federally managed Anacostia Park, on the open market, along with 12 other local NPS parcels, worth an estimated $122 million. (Roosevelt Island was spared.) Matt Streit, another spokesperson for Pombo, explains that the lands in question aren’t in the same category as Yellowstone: “These are not the gems of our National Park Service.” And, he says, if the feds were to give the park to the District, as another bill aims to do, “[the city] would have turned around and sold it.” Not necessarily, says mayoral spokesperson Vincent Morris: “There are a lot of interesting proposals to improve Poplar Point park, but selling it to a private developer isn’t one of them.” —Ryan Grim