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Pacific Lumber looking to sell

2007-10-03 01:26:41.957325+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Pacific Lumber asking bankruptcy judge to be allowed to sell 29,000 acres of northern California redwood forest. You may remember Pacific Lumber as the company that was "overvalued" as a long-term responsible steward of its assets until that Charles Hurwitz bought it, sold all of its long-term holdings for short-term gain, and pushed into destructive logging practices that resulted in property destroying mudslides.

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#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-03 12:56:46.461966+00 by: JT

Wasn't it L'il Bush who wanted to open up redwood logging again because he blamed wildfires in Cali on "Too many trees?"

We spent half a day poking around the George H Bush redwood near the Needles in the southern Sierra-Nevadas in the spot where George H Bush made it possible for grants and projects that would project them for years to come. A decade later GW was making it possible for loggers to cut the same trees down. Sometimes that boy's about as sharp as a $2 pocketknife.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-03 13:30:58.834815+00 by: Dan Lyke

I can't speak to that particular issue, although the current Bush has done any number of things that are counter to the legacies of the elder Bush. Got a BBC show that explores a 1933 United States coup attempt by a bunch of Hitler and Mussolini followers, allegedly one of the Bush patriarchs among them that I want to listen to today before I put it up on the front page. That fambly's got history...

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-03 13:57:54.966249+00 by: JT

From this article.

Schwarzenegger joined a host of governors from all over the country in telling Bush that his proposal to open America's remaining wild forests to logging, development and road building was bad public policy, and bad politics. Schwarzenegger, who is facing reelection, petitioned Bush to set aside all of California's remaining roadless wild forest and keep it off-limits to development. He also challenged the Bush Administration's proposed plans, released last September, for Southern California'’s four national forests. Those plans have been widely criticized for neglecting to address threats to natural and recreational values and for failing to protect roadless areas in the Angeles, San Bernardino, Cleveland and Los Padres National Forests. Together, those four national forest units comprise some 25 percent of California'’s national forest roadless area, yet they contain almost no commercially viable timber.

This was touted as a way to allow more roads and highways to be built for purposes of opening up commerce. Hidden in the bill was what gave loggers the ability to cut trees in protected forests.

#Comment Re: made: 2007-10-08 16:52:09.75944+00 by: JT

I made a mistake about the state named in the report. It actually wasn't California that Bush wanted to cut trees to prevent forest fires, it was Oregon.