Timber Losses

Don Staples dstaples at livingston.net
Tue Feb 17 22:12:47 EST 1998


Last month we had losses in the New England states to ice.  

Tuesday a week ago a line of tornadic thunderstorms moved through east
TExas. Twenty counties, some 18000 square miles, were impacted by the
storm front.  In figures release today the USFS estimates that US
National Forests in the area lost 300,000,000 board feet of timber,
mostley southern yellow pine.

State authorities estimate that an additional 300,000,000 may have been
lost on private and company lands.  Salvage has begun on private and
company lands.

US Forest Service Representatives think they may be able to start
salvage by the 1st of April, if environmental groups will allow it
without a court fight.  Southern Yellow Pine deteriorates rapidly after
storm throw, indeed, clerids have begun to attack the downed timber.  A
wasted resource, if the enviros play the same silly games that they play
on the west coast.

600,000,000 board feet of logs will run our largest mill for five years,
the resource will be degraded beyond use in 90 days.  In addition, the
presence of the downed and damage timber will jump start the annual
southern pine beetle population in Texas.  Further, anticipated
catastrophic wild fire due to the hugh source of fuel is anticipated for
1999 and beyond.

Discussions have been held with thoughts toward cutting and hauling the
downed timber to one or more of the large lakes in the area, and ponding
the logs for future use.  Environmentalists are protesting the
suggestion as hazardous to the water resource in the state.

When it rains, it pours, the mill industry seems to be under attack from
all sides.
-- 
Don Staples

My Ego Stroke:  http://www.livingston.net/dstaples/



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