July August, 2004





Back to Basics

New book focuses on economically and environmentally sound forest jobs in the Pacific Northwest

Martin Jack Desmond has written a comprehensive guide to creating economically and environmentally sound jobs in the Pacific Northwest that utilize the forests. Back to Basics, comprised of 13 chapters, lays out a convincing, common sense plan on how to rejuvenate forestlands and communities throughout the region. Desmond takes the reader through six steps to Economic Strength:

1. The U.S. and the Pacific Northwest have a “lack of good jobs” economic recovery.

2. Global outsourcing is one of the factors for the loss of good jobs.

3. 78 percent of the Forest Service lands in Oregon and Washington are at moderate to high risk from destructive wildfires.

4. Suppression of wildfires has exceeded $1.5 billion in costs in 2000 and 2002 for the federal government itself with signs that future suppression costs will increase.

5. The U.S. could sell excess small trees on our public lands to reduce the fuels accumulation. The federal government would earn money to pay for more fuel reduction work.

6. Companies and government agencies could hire Americans to work to reduce the fuel buildup and process the wood through mills. We could produce ethanol to power our vehicles and reduce our dependence on Middle East and other foreign oil imports. We would also produce more lumber to reduce our dependence for 30 percent of our supply from other countries. Wildfires would be eventually reduced. We could build up forests to store excess carbon dioxide to combat global warming.

“We can choose to embrace our forests and to create an economy based upon our unique natural resources of the Pacific Northwest,” says Desmond. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the restoration of healthy forests and communities in the Pacific Northwest. The cover price for Back to Basics is $15.95. For information on ordering, log on to www.forestryfinancial.com.


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