Friday, June 13, 2008

On the fly...

Stuff's afoot and I'm really busy. When will this bankruptcy actually be over? Will it ever? If MRC has to pay $300 million on top of what they already offered it doesn't bode well. It would probably mean a higher rate of logging to pay off the debt.... sounds kind of familiar doesn't it?

Sandy Dean told me at the Warfinger that he doesn't like herbicides either but they need to use them to convert (wipe out) hardwood forests to something more profitable, namely Redwood or Douglas Fir. Funny how these companies seem to assume that in 50 years, when those new tree farms become harvestable, the wood market will be the same as it is today.

If MRC expects to be able to surf on their "green" reputation then they have another thing coming. If Julia Butterfly took over Pacific Lumber I would be just as skeptical until I saw the actual on the ground results.

While MRC's stated policy of no old-growth logging sounds cool, it is not legally binding and they could change it any day if market conditions require they do so. What's a couple decades of old-growth protection mean if it can be reversed overnight? They have so far written off the possibility of a conservation easement that would gain them millions of dollars but would legally require them to practice better forestry than their predecessors. Get with it MRC.

2 Comments:

At 6/16/2008 09:53:00 PM, Anonymous Bolithio said...

We can view anything as potentially negative. Im surprised a more aggressive firm like Cascadia Pacific or another big production minded company has not stepped in. Would that be better? At least then there would be no question in regards to what people could expect of the company. It would be no secret that they would be cutting the absolute most, as fast as possible, and using every aggressive method to regenerate the stands. Herbicides, site prep, burning and mono culture. Perhaps they could work on a Option "A" to CC younger stands for a pulp market like in Oregon..

Or - a company that has shown though its practices in CA that they are more in tune with the public - albeit production minded - and are willing to make sacrifices for the better good. It is true that markets change - and the demand for certain things. It is also true that the general values of a public change - and the attitudes of what if good/bad will shift. I think before real stands of OG redwood are logged again it will take a serious paradigm shift in the thinking of our area. I most likely will happen - but Ill bet 100$ its long after my life expectancy.

Im not saying you should trust everything they say - but geese there is no way its going to be perfect - but any change is good at this point.

I had the fantasy of running a company google style via laptop from some vacation home, yacht, or ... treetop...lol and ya if Julia bought PALCO I would be seriously dubious...

 
At 6/24/2008 06:18:00 PM, Blogger XANTAR!!!!! said...

I've always been hopeful about MRC. However, I will forever remain skeptical.

There are plenty of other battles to be fought on the front lines of Earth Defense. I will be watching...along with other dedicated Forest Defenders.

 

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