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Enviro-Mich message from "David Zaber" <dzaber@chorus.net>


Given the extremely heavy logging taking place and planned for Wisconsin's
and Michigan's National Forests, the following story has some merit for all
of us concerned about poor logging practices in the upper midwest.

By the way, in our appeal conference call on the Borrowed Time logging
project in Michigan's Hiawatha NF, District Ranger Theresa Chase (Munising
Ranger District) told us that, despite a recent report that shows goshawk
reproductive success at levels that are half of what they must be to sustain
current populations (researchers have only found 12 nests during intensive
surveys for the past several years) in the UP, she will keep the logging
project on track.

I asked that the logging be deferred until the new forest plan allowed us to
develop a sound management plan for goshawk and other species.  Ms. Chase

Also, according to a former Forest Service economist, from 1993 to 1997, the
Hiawatha NF lost an average of 123 dollars (taxpayer dollars) on each acre
logged on the forest.  That works out to a whopping 3,044 dollars for each
job "created" by the logging during that time.

Wisconsin's Chequamegon/Nicolet lost an average of 129 dollars per acre
logged during this time (1,403 dollars per job).

Privatize benefits, socialize costs.


David J. Zaber

> Excerpts from a recent story in the SF Chronicle:
> Logging Plan Deceptively Marketed, Sold
> Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

> Timber corporations make huge profits cutting down the public's forests
> pennies on the dollar, while taxpayers foot the bill for logging road
> construction, timber sale planning and restoration expenses. The timber
> industry shows its appreciation by giving millions in campaign
> to congressional leaders who dutifully appropriate more logging subsidies
> pass pro-logging legislation.
> However, recent polls showed that Americans are increasingly opposed to
> continuation of the timber sales program in national forests. In a poll
> conducted on June 22-25 last year by Market Strategies Inc., 69 percent
> opposed the federal logging program, while 24 percent favored it.
> This mounting public pressure leaves federal policymakers with only two
> choices: Listen to the people or develop more creative pretexts to keep
> logging. Last year, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., joined by pro-logging
> Republicans, opted for the latter approach, successfully attaching the
> logging plan as a "rider" to an appropriations bill by portraying it as a
> measure to reduce forest fire risk in the northern Sierra.
> Fortunately, a growing number of congressional representatives are seeing
> through the deceptions and are listening to the public. Nearly 70 members
> the House now co-sponsor HR1396, the National Forest Protection and
> Restoration Act, which will end the timber sales program on all federal
> public lands nationwide and will redirect logging subsidies into worker
> retraining, ecological restoration and taxpayer savings.
> It's about time. As a nation, we are not so poor that we must log our
> national forests, nor so rich that we can afford to.
> (Copyright 1999)
> _____via IntellX_____
> Publication date: Sep 01, 1999
>  1999, NewsReal, Inc.
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