Tuesday, May 13, 2008

No to Maxxam, No to Sierra Pacific Industries, Yes to Local Control of our Forests

I'm guessing my blogs title will soon be outdated. The Maxxam corporation seems to be on it's way out and the last hearing in the bankruptcy is scheduled for friday. It's still to soon for me to venture a guess at the outcome but it is nice to see that Maxxam/Pacific Lumber has abandoned their plan for a vast residential development in the hills of central Humboldt and are now backing the Mendocino Redwood/Marathon bid for the company. Disturbingly, the notorious clear cutter Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI) has entered the picture by teaming up with Harvard and they want to take over the sawmill at Scotia.

Oldgrowth logs from SPI's logging in Davis Creek

SPI is the largest land owner in California and owns about 2 million acres of land here and elsewhere. There's already a campaign based in the Sierra Nevada against SPI's clear cut logging practices and local forest defenders here have had their eye on SPI's logging of ancient forests for a while now. If SPI becomes part of what is to replace Pacific Lumber then it will pull the new company into the conflicts SPI faces now and in the future.

4 Comments:

At 5/15/2008 07:26:00 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

"Forest Defenders", ha! You guys are acting like a bunch of old women wringing their hands and saying "tut-tut, oh, isn't it awful what they're doing" as once again local activists refuse to help the only group with the ability to stop the Palco Bankruptcy. Bear River's Heartlands Project and the Palco Community Corporation Reorganization Plan.

 
At 5/15/2008 07:31:00 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

But actually your position is consistent with past refusals by forest activists to help local Native Americans regain their aboriginal territorial lands.

Now it looks like you'll have another Maxxam to ineffectively protest against for another two decades while the last of PL's available to cut old growth bite the dust. But judging from the past record, perhaps protesting is all you're concerned with--not actually accomplishing anything meaningful like protecting old growth trees.

 
At 5/15/2008 03:17:00 PM, Blogger John Doe #86 said...

Your offensive words and attitude contribute greatly to your discredit.

 
At 5/16/2008 11:44:00 AM, Blogger Stephen said...

Truth hurts but the truth is, all your tree-sits and protests of Maxxam have done zip to save a single old-growth tree on PL lands. Even Charles wanted Headwaters Forest set aside with tax-payer monies.

If you can do nothing more than complain about receiving just criticism perhaps its time you move out the way if you can't help people with better plans for protecting old growth trees. It isn't about getting public attention. It's about long term results of your actions and those have been, what? Zip, zero, zilch.

But go ahead, call me names, say I'm not be "nice" to you, poor babies. I'm used to all the flimsy excuses enviros give for their failed environmental protection policy.

 

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