|While I think some of your ideas in your MT Public radio commentary regarding local, value added production deserve consideration and even sound somewhat similar to things we've been advocating for years now (as long as it's not tied to the current over-consumption/over-development paradigm that has honestly propped up your industry for years) why do you continue to insist that more logging will save the timber industry, when all the economic evidence points to a dramatic over-supply of logs at Montana mills and a dramatic lack of orders (in some cases down 50%) for the lumber products? How do these realities mesh with your "lack of logging is the problem" rhetoric?
We're all in this economic crisis together, even those of us who warned about the impending "perfect storm" for decades now. Every family I know of, including my own, have been negatively affected by the economic crisis and people are concerned, scared and worried. To me, that's all the more reason to be honest with people. If we can't honestly and accurately talk about the problems, how in the world can we come up with clean, green and sustainable solutions that benefit workers, communities and the environment?
Your continued insistence that a lack of fiber supply is a main cause of the current problems facing the timber industry is highly inaccurate and bizarre given the mountains of information out there to the contrary.
"It's not supply that's the concern. They have lots of logs. The concern going forward is consumer demand for the product."
- Shawn Church, editor of lumber trade magazine Random Lengths
"Unfortunately, these steps are necessary to match supply with the eroding demand for our wood products."
- Rick Holley, Plum Creek president and chief executive officer.
"With its log yards full and a lower demand for products, Plum Creek Timber Co. is telling logging contractors to stop work in the woods."
"We are ahead of pace for putting logs into the mills' inventories right now and we simply need to slow down on log deliveries."
- Tom Ray, Plum Creek Vice President
"Right now the mill yards are pretty much full. They've got a lot of inventory both in logs and lumber"
- Joe Keller, Plum Creek subcontractor
"The Western Wood Products Association reports Western mills are experiencing the largest downturn in lumber demand ever recorded."