27 Sep 2008, 6:53pm
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Treasury Nominee Hank Paulson Needs to Answer Some Questions

by Steven Milloy, 06/13/2006 [here]

There are many unanswered questions that the Senate Finance Committee ought to pose to Treasury Secretary nominee Henry Paulson during his confirmation hearing.

Key inquiries should involve an unusual land deal Paulson oversaw while simultaneously serving as chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs and as vice chairman and, later, chairman of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), which is an environmental group that acquires private lands to place them permanently off-limits to commercial and residential uses.

Goldman’s board of directors expressly denied at its 2006 annual shareholder meeting that TNC was involved in the investment bank’s dealings pertaining to the 680,000 forested acres on the Chilean side of Tierra del Fuego. But tax records show Goldman paid TNC $144,000 to consult on the deal.

In January 2004, one month after Goldman’s public announcement that the land — a $35-million asset rightly belonging to Goldman shareholders — would be donated to establish a nature preserve, TNC elevated Paulson to the post of chairman. Additionally, Goldman announced in September 2004 that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) had been selected as the recipient of the land gift. WCS’s 2004 annual report lists Paulson’s son, Merritt Paulson, under its “advisors and trustees.” WCS also appears on TNC’s website as an “organizational partner.”

The Chilean land originally belonged to Washington State-based Trillium Corp., which acquired it in 1993. Trillium’s original permits would have allowed for traditional harvesting of lumber. Instead, Trillium voluntarily undertook to design a “sustainable” forestry plan, regarded by conservation experts as innovative, highly pro-environment, and unprecedented in terms of scale and promise. Despite having clamored for sustainable development projects for decades, environmental groups mounted a nine-year-long opposition campaign, eventually forcing Trillium into financial difficulty that left the land vulnerable to takeover.

In January 2002, Goldman placed the winning bid on a portfolio of distressed debt that included a $30-million note of Trillium secured by the land. In November 2002, Goldman sued Trillium to collect on the defaulted note. One month later, Goldman took title to the land in settlement of the debt.

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24 Sep 2008, 1:37pm
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PETA Urges Ben & Jerry’s To Use Human Milk

WNBC.com, September 23, 2008

VERMONT — People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sent a letter to Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, cofounders of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade Inc., urging them to replace cow’s milk they use in their ice cream products with human breast milk, according to a statement recently released by a PETA spokeswoman.

“PETA’s request comes in the wake of news reports that a Swiss restaurant owner will begin purchasing breast milk from nursing mothers and substituting breast milk for 75 percent of the cow’s milk in the food he serves,” the statement says.

PETA officials say a move to human breast milk would lessen the suffering of dairy cows and their babies on factory farms and benefit human health.

“The fact that human adults consume huge quantities of dairy products made from milk that was meant for a baby cow just doesn’t make sense,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Everyone knows that ‘the breast is best,’ so Ben & Jerry’s could do consumers and cows a big favor by making the switch to breast milk.” … [more]

24 Sep 2008, 1:22pm
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Gore urges civil disobedience to stop coal plants

By Michelle Nichols

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Nobel Peace Prize winner and environmental crusader Al Gore urged young people on Wednesday to engage in civil disobedience to stop the construction of coal plants without the ability to store carbon.

The former U.S. vice president, whose climate change documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” won an Academy Award, told a philanthropic meeting in New York City that “the world has lost ground to the climate crisis.”

“If you’re a young person looking at the future of this planet and looking at what is being done right now, and not done, I believe we have reached the stage where it is time for civil disobedience to prevent the construction of new coal plants that do not have carbon capture and sequestration,” Gore told the Clinton Global Initiative gathering to loud applause. … [more]

24 Sep 2008, 12:48pm
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Guest View: Fire plays a critical role in Lake Tahoe’s past, present and future

by Terri Marceron, Forest Supervisor for the Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit of the U.S. Forest Service, in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, September 23, 2008

By choosing to live in the Lake Tahoe Basin, we have chosen to be a neighbor to fire. Long before we arrived, lightning strikes ignited wildfires that cleared brush and dead trees from the forest floor and kept the remaining trees widely spaced. These fires were frequent and small in size, typically with low flame heights.

Over the past century, as more people have settled around Lake Tahoe, we have aggressively suppressed fires. Forests once described as open and parklike now are dense with fuels. A thick understory of smaller trees, brush and dead vegetation carries fire to the treetops. Once there, the fire can begin a rapid and intense spread through the narrowly spaced crowns. The unintended result of decades of fire suppression has been a higher risk of catastrophic wildfire.

Clearly, we can’t turn back the clock and allow wildfire to fully resume its natural role. We must suppress wildfires that threaten our communities. But using fire on our terms, called prescribed fire, is an important tool for reducing the fuel load in our forests and restoring them to a healthier condition.

Currently, the most common prescribed fire in the Lake Tahoe Basin is pile burning. The piles represent a final step in the first phase of treatments to thin forests, limit the fuel available to a wildfire and reduce the opportunity for fire to spread to the tree crowns.

Many local residents support pile burning. Even when they’re bothered by the smoke, they understand that the inconvenience is temporary, particularly compared with the intensity and duration of smoke from a catastrophic wildfire. Nonetheless, every year, questions arise about why the Forest Service and other agencies pile and burn. … [more] (Be sure to read the comments after Marceron’s essay. They are very good.)

22 Sep 2008, 9:06pm
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How the Democrats Created the Financial Crisis: Kevin Hassett

Commentary by Kevin Hassett, Bloomberg.com [here]

Sept. 22 (Bloomberg) — The financial crisis of the past year has provided a number of surprising twists and turns, and from Bear Stearns Cos. to American International Group Inc., ambiguity has been a big part of the story.

Why did Bear Stearns fail, and how does that relate to AIG? It all seems so complex.

But really, it isn’t. Enough cards on this table have been turned over that the story is now clear. The economic history books will describe this episode in simple and understandable terms: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac exploded, and many bystanders were injured in the blast, some fatally.

Fannie and Freddie did this by becoming a key enabler of the mortgage crisis. They fueled Wall Street’s efforts to securitize subprime loans by becoming the primary customer of all AAA-rated subprime-mortgage pools. In addition, they held an enormous portfolio of mortgages themselves.

In the times that Fannie and Freddie couldn’t make the market, they became the market. Over the years, it added up to an enormous obligation. As of last June, Fannie alone owned or guaranteed more than $388 billion in high-risk mortgage investments. Their large presence created an environment within which even mortgage-backed securities assembled by others could find a ready home.

The problem was that the trillions of dollars in play were only low-risk investments if real estate prices continued to rise. Once they began to fall, the entire house of cards came down with them. …
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21 Sep 2008, 1:34pm
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3 dead in Olympic Peninsula shooting spree

By KING5.com Staff and Associated Press, September 21, 2008 [here]

SEQUIM, Wash. - A traffic stop in the woods in Clallam County Saturday led to the shooting death of a U.S. Forest Service officer, a shootout in which a fugitive was killed and the discovery of a third gunshot victim at the home of the owner of a pickup truck he was driving, the Washington State Patrol said.

It happened at about 2:40 p.m. on Forest Service Road 2880 outside of Sequim.

The officer, identified as Kris Fairbanks, 51, a certified canine officer with 15 years in the forest service, was checking on a van that didn’t have license plates, according to Krista Hedstrom, a spokesperson for Washington State Patrol. Fairbanks ran some data through state patrol dispatch, but then didn’t respond to any calls.

Deputies and state troopers responded to that area and found the officer dead. The van was no longer there.

State troopers began looking for a red or grey older Dodge van with no plates.

The suspect was identified as Shawn M. Roe, 36, whose last known address was in Everett and before that in Shelton.

Authorities found the van about 6:30 p.m., abandoned not far away in a densely wooded area, and posters and flyers warning people to be on the lookout for Roe were distributed around the Sequim area.

At 9:30 p.m., Hedstrom said, a security guard at the Longhouse Market and Deli near the Seven Cedars Casino on U.S. Highway 101 east of Sequim alerted sheriff’s deputies that a man meeting the suspect’s description was in the convenience store.

Two deputies arrived and told the suspect to put up his hands as he came out of the store, but he drew at least one handgun and fired at least once before both deputies opened fire, Hedstrom said. Neither deputy was hit.

Hedstrom describes Roe as a convicted felon with “an active criminal history” who was supposed to be under state Corrections Department supervision. Details of his crimes and supervision have not been released, but Hedstrom says he apparently was not being sought on any warrant. She says he was carrying with two modern handguns and an older six-shooter when he died.

Investigators checked the registration of a white pickup Roe was seen driving when he arrived at the store, went to the house of the registered owner, located between the store and the campground, and found the body of a man who had been shot, Hedstrom said.

The third shooting victim was described only as a man in his 60s.

No one else was known to be hurt in the shootings, Hedstrom said.

“We’re just hoping that nobody else shows up” dead or injured, she said.

Fairbanks leaves behind a teenage daughter and her husband, who is a Fish and Wildlife officer.

19 Sep 2008, 12:00am
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Lehman Brothers Close Ties to Gore, Hansen and Carbon Trading

by Eduardo Ferreyra, John McLean, and Joe D’Aleo, ICECAP, Sep 16, 2008

Al Gore’s carbon trading business GIM was banked with Lehman Bros. It will be interesting to see how this will play in the future but I suspect that this increases the risk of participating in Carbon trading. Merrill Lynch was also deeply involved in this business.

Last year Lehman Brothers released a long and highly publicized report about climate change in which they preached about decarbonization, trying to make their investors keep getting high profits from the Kyoto carbon trade scheme and the support of huge public subventions. All that, of course, with the applause of the usual choir of politicians, the entire media and the Greens.

A year ago they couldn’t predict their bankruptcy but were predicting the climate 100 years ahead. Thousands of green militants have been using the Lehman report as a proof of global warming and impending chaos. Lehman Bros said it! sacred words! Its scientific advisor is James Hansen! The report is the basis for policies on climate change in Spain, Argentina and several other countries playing the progress game; it is used by economy professors playing the climatologists; by newspapers editorials, and even by a State Secretary: Lehman Bros, said it! … [more]

18 Sep 2008, 10:44pm
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Our Fire, Our Fight

A brutal burn season in Klamath country leaves locals grumbling at federal firefighting tactics

By Malcolm Terence, Northcoast Journal, Sept. 18, 2008

I don’t think I’d ever seen Jim Bennett mad before this year’s fires came through his place. And Bennett is no stranger to fire. Before he retired in 1996, he’d worked 32 years as a fireman for the U.S. Forest Service on Salmon River. Fire had burned near his place in 1977. The canyon filled with brush and post-fire logging slash, then burned again in 1987. All this and Jim Bennett, the calmest man on the river, finally got angry after the out-of-town firefighters brought the latest fire down to his backyard this summer.

“The fire team isn’t here to put it out. They want to steer it around,” he grumbled. “They started the burnout at my place at the wrong time. Three o’clock on a hot afternoon is not a safe time in this drainage. They were in a hurry. They had a goal to get the line burned out up to Forks of Salmon by 1800.” (That’s 6 p.m. to ordinary clock-watchers.)

He said the bad timing made the burnout ignition so hot that the fires breached a fireline at a water-filled ditch above his place and the crews backed down to save the structures in his small neighborhood. “They tell me, ‘You still have your house,’” he said contemptuously. It is not his usual style of speech.

Bennett is chief of the Salmon River Fire and Rescue and no stranger, he explains, to the use of fire to prevent a worse fire. His Karuk father and grandfather told him about how the Indians used to burn late in the fall until the US Forest Service banned the practice. He, himself, remembers how the cowboys used to light fires in the high country meadows when they brought down their herds of cattle in the late fall. “They all knew when to burn. When they stopped that burning, the high meadows became brushfields.” … [more]

17 Sep 2008, 3:32pm
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Task force called in to protect Crescent Lake structures

Hwy. 58 shut through the day; evacuees will be out until at least Thursday

By Barney Lerten and Keisha Burns, KTVZ.COM [here]

Last Updated: Sep 17, 2008 01:00 PM

A fast-growing wildfire blackened about 400 acres on the Deschutes National Forest northeast of Crescent Lake Tuesday afternoon, forcing closure of a 12-mile stretch of state Highway 58 and evacuation of about 100 homes and 120 people in the small town of Crescent Lake Junction and nearby areas.

Bulldozer lines were built around the Royce Butte Fire’s perimeter overnight, but erratic winds continued to send spot fires jumping over the lines Wednesday, said Jean Nelson-Dean of the Central Oregon Interagency Dispatch Center in Prineville.

The fire, estimated at one point late Tuesday at 1,000 acres, was reduced to 600 acres, then 400 acres Wednesday morning due to more accurate mapping. The fire was 10 percent contained by midday Wednesday.

Gov. Ted Kulongoski has declared the fire a conflagration, clearing the way for the state fire marshal to mobilize firefighters and gear to help local resources fighting the blaze.

Central Oregon’s “Conflagration Interface Task Force 1″ was activated around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, with firefighters from Bend, La Pine, Black Butte Ranch and other agencies called to the La Pine Fire Station 101 and dispatched to help protect homes and businesses threatened by the fire. Officials said this was a staffing move and did not mean dangers had increased overnight.

A task force from Lane County also was en route, and a task force from Klamath County was on scene, officials said.

Eleven evacuees spent the night at a Red Cross shelter set up at Crescent Community Center, with dozens more checking to make friends and loved ones aware of their whereabouts, said Red Cross disaster coordinator Bobbie Bourne. She said she expected more to do so, once they learn they won’t be able to return home until at least Thursday.

A community meeting to give the latest info and answer questions is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Crescent High School music room, 201 Mountain View Dr., officials said.

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17 Sep 2008, 1:36pm
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Contract firefighter dies after construction accident

By Kimberly Ross, Record Searchlight, September 17, 2008 [here]

A 77-year-old Happy Camp man has died from injuries suffered while serving as a contract firefighter in Siskiyou County, a U.S. Forest Service spokesman said Tuesday.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday commended Curtis Hillman Sr. for his service and announced that Capitol flags will be flown at half-staff in his honor, a spokesman from his office said.

Hillman, a member of the Karuk tribe, was operating a grader to improve road conditions and access for firefighters. They were working the Siskiyou and Blue 2 Complex of fires when Hillman was injured Aug. 25, public information officer Mike Ferris said.

He was working on forest roads 14 and 21, about half a mile from Highway 96 just south of Dillon Creek Campground, Ferris said. The area is halfway between Happy Camp and Orleans.

When his grader failed to start, Hillman and another worker tried to fix the problem. The grader then started, but its brake failed and it began to roll backward. Both men fell or jumped off the machine, and Hillman hit his head, Ferris said.

He was flown to Mercy Medical Center in Redding, where he died from his injuries Thursday, Ferris said.

His is the 13th death as a result of the June lightning strikes that ignited fires across the north state.

A celebration of Hillman’s life is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at the River Park Pavilion in Happy Camp, Ferris said.

An obituary in the Eureka Times-Standard says Hillman is survived by his wife, Susan, of Happy Camp, brother Grant of Orleans, children Charlene Neaf and husband Danny of Weaverville; Curtis R. Hillman Jr. and girlfriend Serena of Arcata; Leeon C. Hillman and wife Erin of Happy Camp; Shelly Niewinski and husband Jeff of Weaverville; Skooter Hillman of Happy Camp, 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Mercy Medical Center Hospitality House in Redding.

17 Sep 2008, 1:26am
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Four arrests, more sought in reservation pot raids

Four arrested on federal charges; pot worth $23 million

By Nina Mehlhaf, KTVZ.COM and news sources [here]

Officials say a Mexican drug cartel turned remote patches of the Warm Springs Indian Reservation into vast marijuana plantations the past two growing seasons. …

An Oregon National Guard flyover spotted the grows out near Maupin, hidden under trees in a very steep ravine, only accessible by what locals say is a two-hour hike down, or a raft trip down the Deschutes.

Four men, three of them Mexican nationals, have been arrested and arraigned on drug charges. Federal prosecutors said in a statement Friday that “the investigation and pursuit of additional suspects continues.”

Warm Springs tribal police say the grows were funded, organized and operated by a Mexican cartel now set up in Northwest. Police say they pick tribal reservations because they’re isolated, and short of officers who would be able to go after major traffickers. … [more]

16 Sep 2008, 1:56pm
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Conservation groups sue over lumber pact dollars

by Donna Gordon Blankenship, Seattle PI, September 12, 2008 [here]

SEATTLE — Three conservation groups are suing the federal government over a decision to give millions of dollars to forestry foundations, saying the money illegally bypassed the U.S. Treasury and Congress.

The lawsuit was filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court here by the Forest Stewardship Council-United States, Conservation Northwest and the Center for Biological Diversity.

“This is the only lawsuit that our organization has ever filed in its history. That shows you how serious we believe this case to be,” Corey Brinkema, president of the Forest Stewardship Council-United States, said Friday.

The $350 million contributions that are the focus of the lawsuit were part of payments made by Canada to settle a lumber trade dispute in September 2006. The office of the U.S. Trade Representative picked the timber groups to receive the donations that were part of an agreement called the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement.

The conservation groups allege that the way the money was distributed - without any public process or congressional approval and by having the Canadian government make the contributions - was a form of money laundering.

The actions violated federal appropriations laws because money owed to the United States in the settlement of a lawsuit is supposed to go directly to the U.S. Treasury, said Peter Goldman, director of the Washington Forest Law Center and lead attorney for this case.

The lawsuit seeks a declaration that the $350 million should have gone through the U.S. Treasury, but does not request that the money be returned by the forestry foundations. The lawsuit also requests a declaration that the Softwood Lumber Agreement was illegal under federal environmental laws and seeks an environmental analysis of the agreement.

The forestry foundations that received a total of $350 million - the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the American Forest Foundation - are not being sued and neither are the other organizations that benefited from the agreement. The lawsuit does not challenge the way the rest of the settlement, which totaled $1 billion, was distributed to other organizations, including Habitat for Humanity International and the Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports.

The conservation groups decided to challenge only the money given to the two forest foundations because that was the only part of the settlement that harmed the plaintiff organizations’ interests, Goldman said.

The lawsuit names the office of the U.S. trade representative, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab, the U.S. Commerce Department, Commerce Secretary Carlos M. Gutierrez, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and W. Ralph Basham, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Gretchen Hamel, a spokeswoman for the U.S. trade representative, said Friday that her office does not comment on pending litigation.

Brinkema called the process a breach of trust as well as a setback for healthy forests.

“In this new era of environmental responsibility, now is not the time to be breaking the law and diverting funds to timber industry-dominated forestry organizations,” Brinkema said.

The U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities was established in 2006 to spend money from the Softwood Lumber Agreement to promote and educate people about forest management and the sustainability of forests as sources of building materials, wildlife habitat, bio-energy and recreation, according to the nonprofit organization’s Web site.

The American Forest Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded in 1981 to encourage forest sustainability and wildlife habitat and to educate the public about the social, economic and environmental benefits that forests provide.

The lawsuit also contends the U.S. trade representative was required by federal law to conduct an environmental review before distributing the timber settlement money in a way that benefits American forests.

Senate panel approves federal pay for wolf kills

Great Falls Tribune, September 12, 2008 [here]

Sen. Jon Tester’s staff announced Thursday that two of the Montana senator’s bipartisan bills sailed through a Senate committee.

One of the bills would reimburse ranchers who lose animals to wolves, and the other would help fund groups which work together to protect Montana watersheds and the state’s fishing heritage.

His staff news release said Tester reached across party lines to write both the Gray Wolf Livestock Loss Mitigation Act and the Cooperative Watershed Management Act, which protects Montana’s water and fishing heritage.

Tester teamed up with Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., to pass the Gray Wolf Livestock Loss Mitigation Act. The measure authorizes federal money for state trust funds to prevent livestock losses and reimburse livestock owners whose animals are killed by wolves.

In Montana, the federal money would boost a livestock loss fund which repays Montana ranchers the full market value of killed animals.

“The federal government did a lot of work putting wolves back in Montana,” Tester said. “Now it needs to step up to the plate and reimburse ranchers who can’t afford to lose any of their livestock to wolves.”

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, cosponsored Tester’s Cooperative Watershed Management Act. The bill offers federal grants to small groups of people who agree to work with each other to manage their water resources.

Tester said the measure gives people like irrigators, ranchers, anglers, scientists and outdoorsmen an incentive to sit down together and figure out the best way to manage the streams and rivers they depend on.

“The best way to manage a resource as valuable as water is to bring everyone to the table and work together,” Tester said. “This measure will help protect Montana’s water and fishing heritage for generations to come.”

On Thursday, both measures passed the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, on which Tester serves. They will now go to the full Senate for a vote.

9 Sep 2008, 7:15pm
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Growing Threat of Wildfire Government

by L.K. Samuels [here]

There was a time when volunteer fire departments, paid fire fighters and local residents would work hand-in-hand to put out wildfires. It was an amenable relationship, sharing hardships, goals and camaraderie. But if the 2008 California wildfires proved anything, it demonstrated that this alliance is no longer a cornerstone of American communities.

During the Big Sur fires in July, residents who did not evacuate reported that they felt they were behind “enemy lines.” When 79-year-old Don McQueen traveled down the road to his campground business to provide hot water showers for fire crews, he was detained by sheriff deputies and scolded.

Although McQueen was released, he soon discovered that fire officials had changed the rule book. To him it seemed like the various federal and state firefighting agencies no longer wanted to work with the community to put out fires. Instead, they wanted Big Sur residents to leave the area and stop defending their property. Worse still, the fire fighter crews were “strictly forbidden to assist locals.”

Despite experience fighting fires since the 1940s, McQueen was told to get off his ranch. When he refused, an official reportedly said, “We’re carefully allowing these homes to burn down. You can build a new house at no cost with your insurance money.” McQueen could hardly believe what he had heard.

According to local residents, many of the fire crews were grounded and told to let the fire burn itself out. One ashamed firefighter told them, “I was taught to put out fire, not let them burn.” Professionals watched as the locals on the front line fought the blaze. Finally, one crew become so upset that it covertly parked its engine near McQueen’s property, rolled out a 4,000-foot fire hose and helped him to maintain his fire break.
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3 Sep 2008, 10:03pm
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Victory for Forest Health

Stewards of the Sequoia, 9/3/2008 [here]

Federal investigators recently concluded the Forest Service acted properly in felling hazardous trees in the Giant Sequoia National Monument, bringing to a quiet end a probe loudly sought by congressional Democrats based on complaints filed by Save America’s Forests and local group Sequoia Forestkeepers.

The Giant Sequoia Trees are truly monumental, some having been around since before Christ. There is grave danger of them being incinerated due to many surrounding dead and dying trees caused by a hundred years of fire suppression combined with decades of lawsuits filed by anti-stewardship groups to block active management. Fortunately the Forest Service decided to clear dead trees in a small area around some of the most special Giant Sequoias trees on the Trail of 100 Giants, but even after the project was done, with excellent results, the anti’s complained. They claimed Giant Sequoia trees had been chopped down, but investigators found this, as well as all their other allegations, to be untrue.

Thousands of miles away a federal judge rejected an attempt by the New Hampshire Sierra Club, the Wilderness Society, and the Center for Biological Diversity to halt two logging operations in White Mountain National Forest. It came down to wanting the judge to intervene while the anti groups succeeded in making the logging operations unprofitable through delay.

Meanwhile in Humboldt County the owner of the local logging company hiked in to deliver his message to tree sitters who protested logging there for decades. “Come down out of the sky,” he told them, “The war is over.” After he explained the logging company’s sustainable plan for renewable tree harvesting, tree sitters abandoned their perches in favor of a truce to allow logging of as much timber as the forest produces each year while leaving the old growth untouched.

Now that loggers and tree sitters have ended the war, perhaps through public pressure anti groups can be persuaded to drop their swords and stop filing lawsuits which are incinerating our forest and wildlife while costing taxpayers billions. Find out how we can promote better stewardship of the land at Stewards of the Sequoia [here].

The future of our forests are at stake.

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