Log exports; was field skills lacking?
redoak at forestmeister.com
Sat Dec 13 18:23:03 EST 1997
Larry Stamm wrote:
> I'm sure the loggers did make good money, and those that still have work are
> still bringing in big bucks. But what about those mill workers who don't have a
> job because of exported logs, and the cabinet makers who don't have that
> potential local lumber to use, or the instrument makers who have to buy back
> spruce from Europeans after it was exported from the West Coast? My point is
> that although it may make immediate financial sense to the owner of the timber
> to export it, that raw material is then lost for further manufacture in the
> local community, and the effects of that loss can ripple a long way. For the
> community as a whole, it rarely is preferable to sell raw materials when it is
> possible to manufacture them further.
> And from my understanding of history, the fact that so much NFS timber was
> exported from the NW as raw logs in the 70's was fuel for the environmental
> movement against logging on NFS land. Maybe the spotted owl would not have
> garnered so much support if more of that wood was being locally manufactured
> into quality products; if so, maybe today there would be more local mills still
> around to bid on today's export logs. Making a quick buck usually means that
> somebody else at some other time pays the cost in lost opportunities.
That all sounds good, but how are you going to make it happen? And if we
prevent logs from being exported perhaps we should also prevent some
imports; isn't that also going to be necessary?
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