Call for local timber hearing
U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio’s demand of Senator Wyden to hold hearings is reasonable enough, but any hearings ought to be right here in Roseburg. Everyone except industrial clear cutters have been carefully, thoroughly and completely prevented inclusion in the deal on giving public timber to companies that automate workers out of jobs, ravage the forests with clear cuts and export raw logs to China. The big mills do not want any discussion of anything but their receipt of cheap public timber. But wait! This timber is not cheap any more; Superstorm Sandy has created colossal demands for building materials on the east coast and the price of logs is soaring.
I wonder if this public timber will be transferred at full price or not, and if not, what sort of concessions to the public will be made? I suspect it will be transferred at a discount and once “private,” it will be exported. If you think the big clear cuts being slammed into our watersheds are the best way to manage forests and can be sustained over decades, then Peter DeFazio and secret back-room deals are the way to go.
DeFazio deserves a challenge in the next Democratic primary so that he has to explain to registered Democrats (in Eugene) why he has diverted his constituency into the brush while dancing on the table for the timber beast. The big losers here are timber industry workers. When BLM timber is liquidated for quick profits, so are the jobs.