ACF Weekly Update

Don Staples dstaples at
Tue Oct 6 11:24:04 EST 1998


William Humphries, commenting on Sustainable Forestry issues, appeared
on a panel of foresters during the Society of American Foresters
National Convention in Traverse City, Michigan, September 21. 
Humphries commented on the need to ensure lanowners rights in forest
management and the need to let the free market work to ensure
landowners interest in management.  Copies of Humphries statement are
available from the national office.

In addition to the presentation made by Humphries, the ACF also held a
special meeting for consulting foresters.  This was an opportunity for
individuals not currently associated with the ACF to learn more about
the organization.  The ACF also had an exhibit at the meeting which
provided general information about the Association and membership.


The Virginia ACF Chapter is hosting a special Best Management Workshop
for foresters who, upon completion, be qualified by the state to
conduct BMP inspections on private lands following timber harvests.

This workshop is a cooperative effort between the Chapter and the
Division of Forestry which has not always enjoyed positive relations.

The workshop is scheduled for October 28 - 29, 1998, at the Philpott
Management Center near Martinsville, VA.  Indivdiuals interest in the
program may contact Michael Lewis, ACF, at (540)666-4514


Congress has included $10 million in immediate drought relief for
non-industrial land owners who have suffered losses in the recent
droughts/national disasters. The funding is provided through the
Forestry Incentives Program to carry out the program of forestry
incentives as currently authorized by the Cooperative Forestry
Assistance Act of 1978. The $10 million is included as a provision in
the emergency drought relief provisions of the FY 1999 Agriculture
Appropriations Act.

The American Forest & Paper Association reported the news late last
week.  Several states have reported suffering 50 to 100 percent
mortality rate in recent tree plantings from the current drought in the
South. The drought relief bill is expected to pass the House and Senate
within the next few days.   It is unclear whether or not President
Clinton will sign the bill.


David Chain, also known as Gypsy, age 24, of Austin, Texas was killed
September 17,  when a felled tree struck him in the head near Grizzly
Creek, about 280 miles north of San Francisco.

Chain and other forest activists were protesting a logging operation
occurring on private lands that are part of the now infamous Headwaters
Forest in northern California.  The area being logged was just outside
the Headwaters Deal area recently acquired by the state of California
and the U.S. Government.

A falling tree, cut by a logger, hit another tree which fell on Chain,
causing severe head injuries. He died in a helicopter en route to the

Earth First! and the Sierra Club, not surprisingly, claim that the
logger who cut the tree should be charged with manslaughter for
threatening members of Earth First! and cutting down a tree that killed
an environmentalist.  Of course, these two organizations fail to
mention the fact that the protesters were trespassing on private
property at the time and were repeatedly warned to vacate the area
because it was an active logging job and a very dangerous place to be. 
The protesters knew they were entering one of the most hazardous
working environments on earth.

In actuality this was a tragic accident.  Rather than blame the logger
for Chain's death, it is Earth First! and the Sierra Club that should
be blamed.  These organizations are fully aware of the fact that
logging operations are no place to play around in, yet they encourage
their  young impressionable followers into harms way.  Now the
ultimate sacrifice has been made, and an unnecessary martyr exists for
these groups to draw more attention to their actions.


This week members and others began receiving brochures describing two
upcoming PFIT courses to be offered in December.

Inadvertently, the PFIT's brochure announcing the Successful Ownership
Transition Course did not include the location of the course.  This two
day seminar will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Sheraton
Airport Plaza Hotel.  This is the same location and same time as the
Managing Your Business Course.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the
National Office.
Don Staples
UIN 4653335

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