slick propaganda by Weyerhaeuser??

Christopher Erickson chrerick at
Sat Apr 3 06:17:50 EST 1999

Larry Caldwell's excellant post I think says it about right -- depends on
where you live.

The Oregon system is a good balance between environmental and timber

An important point to make is that silviculture depends on the good will of
the people who are in the woods. One reason the Oregon system works so well
is the very strong environmental ethic that characterizes Oregon loggers.
There is an ethos in Oregon that may not be as prevalent in other regions of
the U.S.

On the other hand, as I explained in another post, Mexico has very
progressive forestry regulation on paper, but these laws go unenforced due
to bandito activity.

Graham Willers <glw at> wrote in message
news:3701bab0.11266820 at news...
> >
> >In my state of Massachusetts, most logging is still high grading. Don't
> >make any sense, but it's a fact. It's not total land devastation,
> >granted, but it's not silviculture either. The state laws prevent
> >wetland destruction, fire hazards, and trees dropped over bounds, and
> >minimize timber stealing, but the state laws say nothing about
> >silviculture. Loggers are often better salesman than foresters. Most
> >have slick brochures, and of course logging companies are better
> >capitalized than foresters. They can show up with a wad of cash, and
> >many landowners are naive and get suckered.
> From a UK perspective this makes amazing reading.
> Dont you have any controls AT ALL?
> There is no way in this country that private landowner can just sell
> the trees to a logger to cut.
> We have the Forest Authority and anyone who wants to cut a tree has to
> submit plans and get their say so. The plans must confirm to
> guidelines drawn up by the FA with regard to coup size, replanting,
> protection of water courses and a dozen other things. Jeez - we cant
> even cut during midday near a Badger set
>  in case it messes up the Badgers beauty sleep.
> I thought the States would be way ahead of us on environmental
> protection and the more I read on here the horrifying it gets.
> If the US cant get basic felling controls sorted out what chance for
> Indonesia or Brazil and suchlike places.
> regards
> Graham Willers

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