John Campbell Scapegoating
Here we go again, John Campbell, former PL president, current Fortuna Mayor, and henchman to the Maxxam corporation is trying to blame environmentalists for Pacific Lumbers mismanagement. He's saying that somehow enviro's are to blame for the 120 layoffs at PL and that it's not due to a lack of trees. Well, since PL has not disclosed their current inventory of standing timber there's nothing to substanitiate that claim. But take a look at PL's own reorganization plan map.
They have logged the majority of the green on that map aside from the "Headwaters Forest Reserve" and the relatively narrow buffer strips next to the watercourses. They even partially logged the so-called "Ancient Redwood Groves" before setting them aside. The logging plans that they filed since 1984 cover just about all of PL property. The least-logged areas are Tanoak forests, Second growth and Oldgrowth Douglas Fir in the Mattole River and Bear River. Since I don't have a fancy GIS program like PL I can't produce a map to depict that but I'm hoping the numbers will come out in the bankruptcy proceedings soon.
The amount of timber left standing due to forest conservation sales pales in comparison to what has been logged already. If you consider that Hurwitz directed his lackeys like John Campbell to log most of PL land in the last 23 years and then look at what was left, it looks like they could have breezed through the remainder of valuable trees in another year or two tops. Then they still would have busted and had to layoff most workers for who knows how long until the next generation of trees were big enough to log.
I think that if there were no environmental regulations at all on their lands they still would have stripped the forest and now be unable to sustain the flow of logs neccessary to employ all those people.