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gram swaraj
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posted 08 November 2008 10:29 PM      Profile for gram swaraj   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The Great Bear Rainforest deal is a fraud, struck by dividing the First Nations involved in it. (Refer to the rabble radio podcast:
The Great Bear Rainforest Protection Fraud
I start this thread not as an expert on the topic, but as someone questioning the details of the Great Bear Rainforest deal, and the alternatives that may have been overlooked.
Some of the Great Bear is to be used for forestry, some for conservation. The deal struck left far too little for conservation, and the portions for the forestry industry maybe could have been managed better. The Menominee provide an example of better forest management (although maybe there's an alternative to herbicides).
Any babblers out there who know more about this issue?

The Menominee in Wisconsin/Michigan seem to have something better going:

Two-thirds of the forest is managed for mixed species and ages, with selective cutting on a 15-year cycle...Nearly 400 ha of white pine utilize a two-step shelterwood program that mimics the natural fire-succession sequence by artificially manipulating the balance of sunlight, competition, and soil disturbance. Judicial use of herbicides, prescribed burns, selective cutting, and rock raking maintain optimum growth and regeneration of this valuable species, which has largely disappeared elsewhere in the Great Lakes forest. Some 300 people are now employed in the tribal forestry and sawmill operations. Logging is carried out by both Indian and non-Indian private contractors. Current harvest levels are about 30 million board feet per year. Lumber from the tribal mill is certified by the Green Cross organization as "good wood" harvested in a socially and environmentally responsible manner.
from Environmental Science: A Global Concern, 8th edition, 2005, McGraw Hill, p. 244

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