Log exports; was field skills lacking?

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Sat Dec 13 16:02:43 EST 1997

As we say in southern churches, Amen Brother!

Larry Stamm wrote:
> On Thu, 11 Dec 1997 04:55:03 -0500, Joseph Zorzin <redoak at forestmeister.com>
> wrote:
> >Regarding exporting logs- heck, we import stuff, we have to export
> >stuff; and our exports haven't equalled imports in decades so we can't
> >artificially reduce exporting logs. If local mills can't afford to
> >compete, too bad. That's capitialism.
> >
> I don't know any government or industry that actually believes in this point of
> view when the crunch comes and they can no longer compete, whether because of
> their own inefficiencies or because of change in currency exchange rates or new
> foreign production coming onto market.  We in Canada certainly hear cries of
> "unfair" from the US when our Canadian products start to squeeze out domestic
> producers in the States.  Sometimes the Americans have a valid point, sometimes
> not.  But they never just say, well that's too bad.  That's capitalism.
> From my view point, a valid argument can be made for strict government
> regulation of forest management on private land, and on the use of the timber
> coming from those lands.  Forests provide a critical link in many natural
> systems, such as groundwater filtering and flow, local weather patterns, surface
> water regulation, wildlife habitat, and others; a disruption in these systems
> affects the whole community, not just the landowner and thus the state has a
> legitimate right to say how private forest land shall be managed.  This fact is
> recognized by law in many countries around the world.
> As for regulation on the logs coming from the land, it is obvious that raw logs
> are a natural resource.  Our real economy (as opposed to the financial economy)
> is based on processing natural resources into finished products that we can
> directly use.  People make their living doing this, so the more processing
> (value adding) that can be done in the community where the logs originate, the
> healthier that local economy will be.  This is a well recognized fact, and it is
> becoming increasingly hard to import raw logs from 3rd World countries for this
> very reason- they want those milling jobs for their own citizens.  Why should we
> not want the same?
> I am all for free trade, but in finished goods, not raw materials.
> --
> Larry Stamm
> PO Box 561
> McBride, BC V0J 2E0

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