Skip to comments.Limits on Logging Are Reinstated
Posted on 07/16/2009 5:20:48 PM PDT by reaganaut1
In a move to protect endangered species, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced Thursday that his department had reversed a Bush administration decision to double the amount of logging allowed in and around old-growth forests in western Oregon.
Veering between swipes at indefensible moves by the Bush administration and pledges to step up noncontroversial timber sales, Mr. Salazar said in a conference call with reporters that he was reinstating a compromise reached 15 years ago to limit logging with the goal of protecting watersheds, trout and salmon fisheries and endangered birds like the northern spotted owl.
Today we are taking action to reform the Department of Interior and correct mistakes by correcting legal shortcuts the late administration made at the end of its tenure, Mr. Salazar said.
The Bush policy, challenged in the courts by environmentalists, would have allowed timber companies to cut up to 502 million board-feet of lumber annually from 2.6 million acres of forests in the region, or about double the amount allowed under the Northwest Forest Plan, which was adopted in 1994 under President Bill Clinton.
Still, Mr. Salazars decision to reverse that policy during a severe recession was fraught: at 12.1 percent, the unemployment rate in Oregon is among the highest in the country. In Douglas County, where the forestlands involved are located, the unemployment rate is 16.9 percent, in large part because of closings of sawmills and the loss of timber jobs.
Tom Partin, president of the American Forest Resource Council, expressed frustration with the reversal. Oregon is facing double-digit unemployment, he said in a statement. Opening up logging under the Bush administrations plan would have given our timber-dependent communities a real boost.
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I hope Oregonians like what they voted for.
I've got my eyes on the prime timber growing in my Congresscritter's lawn, and there's a couple of others from out of state not far away and they got some fine trees ~ TO BURN!
Next, Tibetan style homes where we keep the cows in the first floor to keep us warm on the second floor.
Yup, Oregon went 53-39 for zero.
Enjoy your unemployment lines and crumbling economy, ya bunch of obamabots...
B.S. I didn't vote for it. Let me rephrase that for you...
Oregonians the Portland/Eugene Kalifornian liberals like what they voted for.
And you can bet they do. Push us right to the top of the list of state rankings of unemployed, it doesn't matter to the tree hugging leftist moon bats in the big cities.
Yup, Oregon went 53-39 for zero.
Enjoy your unemployment lines and crumbling economy, ya bunch of obamabots...’
I predict that Oregon’s firefighters will be very busy this season and for many years to come.
Perfectly good lumber is being left to rot and to become fuel for fires.
Push us right to the top of the list of state rankings of unemployed, it doesn’t matter to the tree hugging leftist moon bats in the big cities.
Yes Oregon does have it’s fair share of hopeless Obamabots, but it’s not a total lost cause. Portland has been overwhelmed with Califorinacators, Hippies, and artsy snob wannabees.
Like many blue states, one big city bullies the rest of us. A big part of the blame lies with the Republican organization in the state, which is completely hopeless and ineffective.
My congressional district is about evenly split Republican / Democrat, and we hand no Republican on the ballot for House Representative. Pathetic. Truly the stupid party.
Run. This isn’t a joke. What’s the worst you could do? Lose? And if zero and the donks keep jumping the shark, you might win thanks to the backlash.
VERY good post!
Well, this is interesting, there’s an ‘up to’ $1,500 tax rebate for those who buy pellet stoves this year and next [part of one of the stimulus bills] and there will be less trees to utilize for the pellets....Interesting.