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A recent sighting of a Pushmi-Pullyu confirms that conflict is in the air

Tree Frog Forestry News
March 15, 2017
Category: Today's Takeaway

In the words of Dr. Dolittle, a “pushmi-pullyu” has emerged in Oregon this week between loggers and environmental groups. Obama’s expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument pleased many but loggers say that the expansion will push them “into poverty and violates a congressional mandate that protects their industry”. Representing the logging sector, the American Forest Resource Council is suing the Bureau of Land Management, the U.S. Interior Department, and the president arguing that the lands in question had been “reserved by Congress for forest production”.

Sighting a bigger version of the two-headed beast – Canada and the US continue to push and pull over the softwood lumber dispute. Trump’s new Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, “promises to get tough with Canada” saying that softwood lumber is “at the top of his list”, vowing that his administration “will reach a resolution, either through litigation or a new deal with Ottawa”. Meanwhile, the head of the Quebec Forest Industry Council is concerned about the fate of small industry players in Quebec and Ontario, saying they “would be particularly vulnerable to duties”, more so than the west where he says the big players have hedged their bets by purchasing mills in the US.

Public forums are underway in Northern British Columbia bringing communities and industry together to discuss forest policy. Coordinator Peter Ewart is a supporter of “the appurtenancy policy which required Forest License holders to process wood in the area where it was harvested”, and says “we need a new direction for the economy”.

We’ll finish with a reminder to take a look at the beautiful images featured in the Vancouver Sun of the nominees and winners of the recent Wood Awards ceremony hosted in Vancouver.

— Tree Frog Editors