Log exports/sustainability

Michael Hagen mhagen at mail.olympus.net
Tue Dec 16 13:47:25 EST 1997

I've heard about a 'movement' in BC which is trying to get some control
over cutting rates with the goal of increasing employment. The
Ecoforesty folk are in on it. It seems to involve pooling logs at a
central sorting point and then playing the market but what I heard was
not clear. Do you have any knowledge about this? 

Larry Stamm wrote:
> On Sat, 13 Dec 1997 18:23:03 -0500, Joseph Zorzin <redoak at forestmeister.com>
> wrote:
> >Larry Stamm wrote:
>   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?
> Good question.  My thoughts are: either work towards a truly free and open log
> market with wide participation (sales over the Internet?) and have no
> regulations about importing or exporting logs; or place restrictions on both the
> import and export of logs.  The mechanisms to enforce such restrictions are
> already in place in Alberta and BC, but it would violate some NAFTA terms I
> think.   The first option is probably better if there was a level playing field
> in all jurisdictions, but much harder to implement.
> --
> Larry Stamm
> PO Box 561
> McBride, BC V0J 2E0

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