Cedars Posted April 17, 2007 Report Share Posted April 17, 2007 Part 2 There is money at stake for loggers no less than for the environmental activists. My sense is there is too much money being made & spent promoting a 'leave the forest alone as Nature intends' meme, and not enough money being spent to actually improve the ecology of the forest. So many trees dead just to make those protest flyers and nary a protester in the forest replanting. Loggers and the timber industry has had years and years of warnings of an impending loss to their basic income. What occured in that area in 1940 (as far as employment) has changed significantly, not only due to importation of other countries woods, changing building practices (you wont find a home built in 1940 with plywood), incorporation of synthetic materials such as vinyl siding and last but not least, automation of many formerly manual labor jobs. http://www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/resource_policy/resource_planning/Annual_Reports/harvesthistory.gif http://www.odf.state.or.us/DIVISIONS/resource_policy/resource_planning/Annual_Reports/BFCFComp..gif The above links shows actual board feet has dropped. A shift in wood product uses? A shift in wood sources? Are forests in the southeast competing with the Pacific NW? I know forests of Canada are. Probably most revealing of all is this piece of the puzzle: Winston-Salem Journal | End of U.S. subsidy causes financial crises in the West So while restrictions were put in place on some harvesting, it seems the US government was paying subsidies just like farming subsidies. However, instead of investing that money in planning for the future and the job re-adjustment needs, the various places kept on with business as usual. Are the people of Oregon going to pay a price? Yes. But dont blame the tree huggers for internal political misteps. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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