Friday, May 11, 2007

Klamath River News

The Associated Press
OMAHA, Nebraska: Salmon fishermen and American Indian tribes from California and Oregon did not win billionaire Warren Buffett's support Saturday in their campaign to remove four dams from the Klamath River on the California-Oregon border.
Buffett said his holding company, Berkshire Hathaway Inc., will not decide whether the dams its PacifiCorp subsidiary own on the river should be removed; that is a question for state and federal officials.
The groups, who staged protests in the days before Berkshire's annual meeting, wanted Buffett's help. They say the salmon population has suffered along the Klamath, and fishing in the area was nearly shut down last year.
During a question-and-answer period at the meeting, one of the women who asked about the dams said her family lost 95 percent of its income last year because her husband is a salmon fisherman.
"They're barely hanging onto their livelihoods because of the Klamath River crisis," the fisherman's wife said.

A coalition of Klamath River-area tribes, fishermen and environmental groups converged in Nebraska this weekend to plead for the removal of the Klamath River dams they say are killing fish, destroying livelihoods and threatening cultures.
The four hydroelectric dams up for federal relicensing are owned by PacifiCorp.
The group's multi-state effort to raise awareness of the dams culminated in a rally Saturday at PacifiCorp parent company Berkshire-Hathaway's shareholders' meeting in Omaha, which was estimated to have attracted 27,000 attendees.
Also attending the meeting was Warren Buffett, Berkshire-Hathaway's reportedly environmentally friendly billionaire chief executive officer, who the group hoped would listen to their message.
Dam removal advocates cite state and federal energy agency studies that show PacifiCorp could save nearly $100 million by removing the dams rather than spending the millions needed for fish protection mitigations identified as part of the relicensing process.
Leading up to Saturday's rally, the tribes hosted a traditionally prepared roasted salmon meal on Thursday and performed a Brush Dance healing ceremony Friday.

read more:
Klamath News Site
Buffet Refuses to Meet With Tribes
Toxic Algae Blooms

Santuary Forest 20th Anniversary Celebration

See their website.

Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Encyclopedia of Life

This blew me away. Can't wait until they have the site up and running.
Check out their press release.
Also this page for more info.

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Spotted Owl Under Attack By Feds

[Recieved this message from EPIC. Think Spotted Owl protection is a worn out issue? Well thats what Bush and the timber industry will be hoping for when they try to pull this one over on the public. This isn't just about about the Owls, it's about every creature that relies on the forest for it's existance including many humans. Love it or leave it.]

Urgent Request
The Northern Spotted Owl and its forest habitat need your help!

On May 23 in Redding, we will have our chance to weigh in at the only public hearing in California on the just-released Northern Spotted Owl "Recovery Plan."

Like so much of the Bush Administration's environmental policy, the owl Recovery Plan is a deeply flawed document that flies in the face of the best available science. The Bush Administration has seriously distorted the planning process to produce a document that will justify weakening protections for the owl and its ancient forest habitat.

It’s not over for the Northern Spotted Owl and the hundreds of other species that depend on old forests. But if we let politics trump science, it could be.

We need folks to testify and witness for the owl and science-based decision-making.
We will provide talking points, buttons and signs.

The hearing will be held from 6:30 to 9 PM Wednesday, May 23 @

Redding Convention Center
700 Auditorium Drive
Redding, CA 96001

To RSVP (not necessary, but helpful to organizers), please contact Scott Greacen, EPIC, 707-476-8340;

Key points:

1) The Bush Administration and timber industry want to weaken habitat protections to increase logging in the forests that are home to the Northern Spotted Owl.

2) The draft Recovery Plan threatens to do away with the habitat reserves that are the backbone of conservation for the owl and many other species that depend on ancient forests.

3) Inappropriate interference from political appointees threatens the integrity of US environmental policy and the future of our children's heritage.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

At a loss.

Link to KMZ file for use in Google Maps and Google Earth.

A new Pacific Lumber timber harvest plan (THP) called "Golden Bear" #1-07-071 has somewhat perplexed me.

By all appearances PL will lose around $60,999.40 if they log this area. If my conclusion is accurate it begs the question- why would they cut this forest at such a loss?

The THP area encompasses 130 acres total. 123 acres are to be clearcut under the euphamism "Rehab" or "rehabilitation of understocked area". According to the logging plan, 10% of the trees in this forest are Douglas Fir and the rest are hardwoods like Tanoak and Madrone. Hardwood fetches a much lower price on the lumber market if sold at all. Often the hardwood trees in these plans are trashed or burned at the Scotia power plant.

In other logging plans that I'm familiar with that included Rehab the Rehab areas were a smaller portion of the plan. This plan proposes Rehab exclusively.

I have provided my calculations in the hopes that someone can tell me if I'm right or totally off the mark.

The following costs and values are from Pacific Lumbers own "Option A" management plan dated 11-21-2002. (At present time petroleum is more expensive and wood less valuable on the market leading me to believe that expenses are higher and potential revenues even lower than figures based on "Option A".)

Cost of "even aged management" (clearcutting or rehab) is $595.00 per acre.

This means it will cost $73,185.00 just to cut the plan area (123 acres).

The cost of tractor yarding, which is mainly what this plan proposes and is the cheapest method, is $180 per MBF (Thousand Board Feet).

There are 246 MBF proposed for harvest so yarding would cost $48,000.00 if only the cheapest yarding method is used.

This brings the total cost so far to $121,185.00

10% of this (24.6 MBF) is Douglas Fir with diameters ranging from 14 to 30 inches diameter at breast height (DBH) with an average of 20 inches according to the Golden Bear THP document. For the sake of arguement I'll say that all of the Douglas Fir is 30 inches DBH which is valued at $339 per MBF.

The gross value of the Douglas Fir to be harvested would then be $8,339.40.

90% (222.4 MBF) of the trees to be cut are hardwoods which are valued at $233 per MBF regardless of species or size.

The gross value of the hardwood to be harvested would be $51,819.20.

So the gross value of all of the wood to be harvested would be $60,158.60.

To conclude:

$121,185.00= Cost of clearcutting and yarding in this plan.
$ 60,158.60= Gross revenue from the wood.

$ 60,999.40= Money lost in this plan.

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