Forestry in the 1980s

Doug Bartley further at
Mon Jan 3 23:01:26 EST 2000

In article <uu0ecdgV$GA.344 at cpmsnbbsa03>,
"Christopher Erickson" <chrerick at> wrote:

>> On Dec. 2, 1982, L. James Brady, vice president of timber and land
>> for Burlington Northern, deeded Mount St. Helens' summit back to the
>> United States, minus the 1,314 feet that had blown away, for inclusion
>> in the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument.

After the eruption they were traded land with decent timber on it for the
nuked by the eruption - much of which was already cut over. Then they
proceeded to cut every stick of what they received in trade. Such as
on the south side of Swift(?) Reservoir south of the mountain.

Of course you can follow those mile-square Plum Creek (BN spin-off) 
clearcuts from the Washington Cascades all the way to Montana.

A couple other notable mentions involving fairly responsible companies
being bought out and their quality timber liquidated would include -

 - Pacific Lumber, taken over by Charles Hurwitz/Maxxam in the N.
California redwood country - the employee pension fund was looted
for good measure.

 - Medford Corporation, bought out by (?) Crown Pacific, IIRC. Clearcut
extensively on lands mostly around Butte Falls Oregon. Then closed a mill
and blamed it on "government restrictions". 

 - Gilchrist Lumber, bought out by Crown Pacific.Until the late
80's was a family-run outfit with the most extensive old growth Ponderosa
Pine lands in Oregon, near the company town of Gilchrist, south of
Bend, Oregon. Their old growth pine has mostly been liquidated over
the last ten years.

Yeah, "stewardship of the land" kinda makes you feel all warm and
fuzzy doesn't it....


Doug Bartley
Hamamatsu, Japan 

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