Demand for timber exists

Letter to the editor

Posted: Friday, January 16, 2004

SEACC's latest misinformation report, likely put together with grant money from some gullible source, says: "Demand for Tongass trees has fallen dramatically in recent years because of permanent and fundamental changes in world timber markets and increased competition."

Wake up SEACC. There is a big demand for Tongass timber. The timber is worth anywhere from $150 to $1,000 per 1,000 board feet, or more, depending on whether it is pulp-grade trees or high-grade trees. The difficulty is the low-cost, easy-to-access timber has mostly been set aside as wilderness, roadless, old-growth reserves and the like. The few areas that are still available for harvesting and growing timber have high road costs and high logging costs. Then Forest Service and the mills are doing the best they can to continue providing jobs under these circumstances. They are also trying to find ways to lower the costs. Don't criticize them for trying to make things work, SEACC. After all, they have only a small percentage of the national forest to work with.

Joe Johnston


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