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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Green Diamond...Clearcutting Trees and Jobs

Instead of automatically rejoicing about this great news, I took a moment to look at both sides of this issue. More unemployed workers...and their families may suffer...

Local timber companies, past and present, knew what they were doing. Instead of planning for tomorrow, they pillaged and plundered the lands. Simspon/Green Diamond/California Redwood company has a "pecker pole" inventory. Their replanted GMO trees will take decades to mature, at least the ones that survive without canopy protection(clear-cuts are now arid deserts). The last of the three log trucks came out of Little River last year. The McKay Tract is now one of a few areas left with big trees.

If these selfish corporations would have treaded a little lighter on their lands, they could have a large inventory of Old and Second growth to harvest in the future. The value of older growth redwoods could have off-set the decline of demand for...for...fourth growth?!!! Brittle small diameter worthless poles! Not even good enough for fencing...

They made their beds, and the workers were raped...again. Now they have to "Lie" in them...

PS. I would like to see projects focused on repairing the damage done by timber companies, such as road removal and diversity rehabilitation. I could even imagine a portion of the Headwaters Fund being used to fund this, creating jobs and reconciling for past mistakes in our forests. Instead, funding for the Richardson Grave project is being supplemented by the Headwaters Fund.

Let's use the fund to repair our forests, not to rip another hole in Humboldt!

3 comments:

Coughing in Weston said...

There is a terrific couple pictures at the beginning of Unnatural Law by David R Boyd showing two solitary trees sitting amongst a clear cut. The second picture has one of the trees with a "wildlife tree" sign nailed to the tree. That just about defines Canadian environmental protection laws from my point of view.

Here in Toronto in my neighbourhood of Weston the Ontario govt is proposing to run nearly 400 diesel trains daily past our homes. 200 feet from the rail corridor the Wood Poppy grows in our school yard (I'm a school Council member of the school). It's an endangered species that grows in only three other locations in all of Ontario and yet the govt is going to coat these plants with fine particulate matter from over 130,000 diesel trains per year. Also in this school yard are 550 kids from JK to grade 5 and across the street in the Catholic school another 550 kids from JK to grade 8 play in their playground.

Insanity apparently is alive coat to coast.

Check out the pictures at:

http://books.google.ca/books?id=FGJ0D2uRo-sC&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=leading+canadian+expert+on+diesel+train+pollution&source=bl&ots=ny97Ef0CXF&sig=9URIid43KGjyHDEU5ZRpqYVmbto&hl=en&ei=BW_ZSbiOKZu0MdyX0PwO&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5#PPA2,M1

Also check out studentsnotsmog.blogspot.com to see a blog that you may recognize...

Kevin Milburn

Jeff Muskrat said...

Thank you Kevin.

It is tragic how easy it is for these corporations and agencies to achieve a public image that is contrary to reality.

I hope that we can all wake up and realize what we are doing to the planet and ourselves, before it is too late.

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