Saturday, July 29, 2006

Examples of Alternatives



Sustainable Forestry in Mendocino and Sonoma counties.

Sanctuary Forest, a group in Humboldt working "to ensure the well-being of the Mattole region by working with our partners to foster good stewardship and management practices through conservation easements, restoration, and water conservation programs."

Huge quantities of Old Growth lumber have been wasted with the demolition of historic buildings. This local business sells beams and planks reclaimed from old barns, sawmills and warehouses.

Thursday, July 27, 2006

Meet the New Guys



George O'Brien, new President of PL and former Vice President of International Paper.

"The problem with the public's perception of the forest products industry is, they see the clear-cut. And if it looks bad, then it must be bad."

But, O'Brien points out, a beautiful meadow was once a clear-cut.

"There's a lot of environmental pressures out there -- how to convince the public and our customers ... that we operate our forests in an environmentally sensitive and responsible way," O'Brien said.

[above three paragraphs from savannahnow.com]

While O'Brien was VP of International Paper, the company "sold off assets not a part of its core business" including "much of it's west coast timberlands". This was in order to begin paying off a more than $12 billion debt.

Now where have I heard this stuff before?

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Resource Land Holdings

These are the proud new owners of 5,800 acres of former PL lands in Kneeland, Miranda, Rio Dell, Fortuna and Mad River.

from left to right
Aaron M. Patsch, B. Joseph Leininger (founder), James W. Geisz

"The mission of Resource Land Holdings is to build portfolios of resource-rich real estate that produce current income and realize their potential for long term appreciation."

"Depressed economic cycles create an environment where capital is nearly inaccessible for the regional entrepreneur, and it is in those situations that RLH presents itself as a source of opportunistic capital, frequently investing alongside local partners and entrepreneurs."

Who are the local entrepeneurs in this deal?

Ranchers Don Schoenhofer and Joe Rice of Fortuna.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

"Hatchet Man" Splits



After all the recent fluff and BS about giving Scotia residents the chance to fullill the "American Dream", Robert Manne has announced he's leaving.

His legacy is one of mass worker layoffs, replacing mill workers with machines, selling off company land and lame attempts to smear local residents and other political opposition.

Mannes milestones as PL president:

-Calling non-violent protesters "terrorists" and requesting homeland security funding.

-Accusation that opponents and victims of PLs environmental destruction "lead empty lives" and are jealous of PL.

-Laying off of hundreds of workers.

-Construction of new mill that requires less human workers.

-Cover up of toxic waste discovered at site of new millpond. The waste is leaching into the Eel river upstream from Rio Dells municipal water intake.

-Selling off large tracts of PL land to a Colorado firm.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

A PL Employee With Job Security


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