Chip Mills Face New Restrictions in Missouri

Bob Wright rtwright at worldnet.att.net
Sat Jan 30 09:23:32 EST 1999


Sometimes a little common sense....  Nobody in their right mind is going to
build, or has built, a chip plant just for the sake of building a chip plant.
The end product has a home, usually long before the plant is conceived or
constructed.  The apparent proliferation of chip plants is largely a result of
the industry's shift away from mill-site chippers with their attendant high
labor and maintenance costs in favor of either independent facilites or
non-union dedicated facilities.  The key question is not about turning big
pieces of wood into little pieces of wood, rather has the volume of wood
substantively changed.

wafcdc at americanlands.org wrote:

> From: "wafcdc at americanlands.org" <wafcdc at americanlands.org>
> Subject: Chip Mills Face New Restrictions in Missouri
>
> LANDSCOPE, News and views from American Lands - January 28, 1999
>
>
>   Chip Mills Face New Restrictions in Missouri
>
> Facing a proliferation of chip mills in his state, Missouri Governor Mel
> Carnahan has ordered that chip mills seeking a state permit must keep
> records on where trees they buy from independent loggers are
> harvested, reports the St. Louis Post Dispatch.  Industry spokesman
> were quick to claim the action "wrong and illegal" while denying any
> responsibility for the unsustainable clearcutting that chip mills promote.
> "We may be called in way after a logger's been at the site,"
> complained a spokesman for Willamette Industries.  The Governor also
> prohibited state agencies from offering economic incentives to develop
> or expand chip mills in Missouri.
>
> . . .These are some common sense strategies to limit the damage to
> Missouri's forests from chip mills.  "Missouri should learn from the
> mistakes of the deforested Southeast and take preventative measures
> now to protect our forests," said an editorial in the Post Dispatch.  In
> Virginia, activists of the Clinch Coalition recently held a forum to raise
> concerns about a proposed chip mill that Pittson Coals plans for Wise
> County.  "The timber industry is after our nation's forests," said John
> Johnson of the Dogwood Alliance.  "Chip mills result in clearcutting
> practices, causing loss of biodiversity and soil erosion that will damage
> streams and rivers."  For more information please contact the Dogwood
> Alliance, 704/877-5865, lorax at citcom.net or go to
> http://www.dogwoodalliance.org/
>
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