Efforts to Withdraw
On January 20, the Pacific Legal
Foundation announced that it had filed
a suit on behalf of Coos County, Ore.
to remove the marbled murrelet from
Endangered Species Act protection.
The Foundation alleged that 1996
changes in the law and a species review
in 2004 made the reason for the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listing
the small seabird in the first place in
1992 moot. Their argument is that the
population of murrelets nesting in
Washington, Oregon, and California
are legally "distinct" from the genetically
similar (and abundant) populations
in British Columbia and Alaska.
The Foundation stated that
USF&WS had promised to issue a formal
proposal to de-list the bird by the
end of 2005 but had failed to do so,
causing them to have to file the lawsuit.
Canadian Beetle Infestation
In The Idaho Logger, a publication
put out by the Associated Logging
Contractors, an article noted Northwest
loggers’ concerns that British Columbia
may have to harvest as many as
21 million acres to stop the pine beetle. That much timber flooding the market
could drive down timber prices.
To give an idea of the scope of the
BC infestation, the infected timber
would cover an area approximately 40
percent of the size of the state of Idaho.
The beetles are native to BC and the Inland
Northwest, but warm winters and
an abundance of Lodgepole pine are allowing
the beetles to flourish. The infestation
is the worst on record — 20
times larger than a severe outbreak in
Log a Load for Kids
Raises $2 million
Loggers from 26 states, working in
coalition with forest products businesses
and forestry equipment dealers,
raised nearly $2 million for local Children’s
Miracle Network hospitals during
their 2005 campaign.
Western states that helped with
their 2005 contributions included: California,
$19,035; Montana, $18,113; Oregon,
$70,829; and Washington, $60,000.
Since its start in 1988, the Log a
Load for Kids program has raised over
FRA Upset With Blood Donor’s Campaigns
The FRA (Forest Resources Association)
was disturbed when they discovered
that the American Red Cross, the
American Society of Blood Banks, and
America's Blood Centers chose to
mount an appeal to young adult blood
donors presenting forest operations as
destructive, with a reference to a website
(www.bloodsaves.com) that shows
an iconic forest being devastated, despite
the efforts of a lone "tree hugger,"
as an opening animated graphic.
The FRA communicated its displeasure
to the American Red Cross and received
a satisfactory response: "The
American Red Cross apologizes for
any offense we may have caused members
of your organization. We value
your comments and we are developing
replacement ads at this time…. Extensive
research was conducted in the
preparation of this campaign, which
showed the youth demographic found
the ads to be empowering and motivational,
rather than discouraging them
from getting involved in other worthy
causes. We absolutely value your
support and in no way meant to offend
your members or constituents. The replacement
ads, currently in development,
will show that we are sensitized
to the issues you raised."
New Poll Shows Skepticism
The Associated California Loggers
reported in February that a new poll
taken of probable voters in Oregon,
Washington and Northern California
reported some skepticism on most forest
issues. The poll was conducted to
find ways to communicate about the
delisting or modification requirements
around the Northern Spotted Owl. Polling questions also addressed general
issues as well.
Most of the findings were not a surprise.
There is a continued dissatisfaction
with clearcuts, but two-thirds
polled felt forest regulations are about
right or could be stricter. Most didn’t
see the spotted owl as a separate issue
but a symbol of forest industry excesses.
The public appears increasingly
disconnected between the use of forest
products and the harvest of trees — seeing
the forest as a public-interest asset.
The poll advised forest advocates
not to use arguments or initiate debates.
Instead, it recommends offering
comments to support the timber industry
as a good steward of the land
and that development is the danger to
the public perception of forests.
Western Lumber Output Down in January
Western lumber production totaled
1.631 billion board feet in January, down
0.6 percent from the January 2005 total,
according to the Western Wood Products
Association. January production in
the Coast region was up 2.1 percent versus
the January 2005 total, while Inland
production was down 2.8 percent.
2006 NAWLA Spring Conf.
This year the NAWLA (North
American Wholesale Lumber Association)
Executive conference will be held
April 30 - May 2 at the Hyatt Regency
Tamaya Resort, New Mexico.
The NAWLA Spring Conference has
been redesigned with decision makers
uppermost in mind, and aptly renamed
the 2006 NAWLAExecutive Conference.
Valuable networking opportunities and
educational programs will be offered, in
addition to golfing and other entertaining
activities. For details visit the
NAWLAwebsite at www.nawla.org.