Logging Industry

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taken while on the road, researching a project for 2015. 

at the start of the year, i undertook an artist residency with the vancouver club where i had the amazing (and utterly rare in life) experience of being uplifted from the restraints of day to day tasks / responsibilities to work on my photography. allowing me the freedom of time to focus, read, research and travel upon my ideas and to develop a finer tuned vision for my personal work.

the images above are the start of one of three concepts that i am researching for 2015 that appears be a long term project. 

The (logging) industry tends to call the environmentalists radical. The reality is that 95% of the standing native forests in the United States have been cut down. It’s not radical to try and save the last 5%. What’s radical is logging 95%.
—  Bill Barton, logger (If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front)

Greenpeace is calling for a stop to logging in parts of Canada’s boreal forest but Resolute Forest Products says Greenpeace’s new report was repeating “erroneous, deceptive and misleading” allegations it made against the company in December.

Photograph by: ALLEN MCINNIS , MONTREAL GAZETTE

No nation on Earth is losing forest faster than Indonesia.

ALERT assessed the specific drivers of forest loss in Indonesia,

For one thing, the biggest driver of forest loss wasn’t oil palm, but rather industrial pulpwood plantations. Mega-corporations such as Asia Pulp & Paper and APRIL have cleared vast expanses of rainforest and peat-swamp forest for such plantations, especially in Sumatra and Indonesian Borneo.

Second on the list was industrial logging. This indicates that logged forests in Indonesia, which still harbor a great deal of biodiversity (see this blog), are intensely vulnerable to being cleared.

Oil palm, while still important, was actually number three on the list of industrial forest destroyers.

Notably, the authors surmised that over half of all deforestation was caused by actors other than the big three above–including slash-and-burn farming, legal and illegal mining, and other causes.

Traction, Tree's, The Industry

Unified fragility, tree’s in Rockies become the next resource on the list;

Huddled warm, warning “Don’t look at me! I am not your next pay-check!”

Investment: money made out of sacrifice.

Consume: call out to desire.

Technology: where four wheels grow stronger

So they can shamble over more shale.

Do you not hear the word “no”?

Earth is under those tires, comforting the deepest of trees within.

Roots receive massage from six-foot rubber feet, dragging groves upon this mountain back.

Growls of protection in high altitude wind, and you should not be here.

Forget your pay-check, forestry is not a play object.

“I object, I object, I said no to your blades and your tire trail!”

Invest, consume, technology, you regain the grips on your wits and you drive through siren screams.

Maybe if you slowed down you would hear Her fade from underneath your rotating beams.

As you slip, on shale,

Earth takes back herself by the seams, which you stole, a few resources ago. 

“I’ve lost control.” The man in the skidder realises suddenly.

How does it feel to be so unlucky? To lose those tires on those muddy feet?

You glide down the steepest mountain of greed,

crash, and no nature weeps.

Tree's just grow. Glowing, huddled with community, no saws to bloody the soil.

Mother Nature, she warns “You’re expendable to me.”

Wilderness will always surcease imbalance.

Your machines may have technology, but tree's ultimately have roots.

And if you want to see who will win in a battle between the two,

eventually, I guarantee it won’t be you.

xx

Dedicated interiorly to the logging industry.

British Columbia government continuing with wolf culling

The British Columbia government is continuing with wolf culling because they feel the wolves are behind the declining caribou population. In fact, as many wild ecosystems are experiencing, increased building, logging and industrialization is contributing to the caribou population decline.

The Canadian government is failing its wild habitats by further demonizing wolves. Studies have shown that when wolves are present in an ecosystem, it balances and flourishes in everything from flora to fauna.

Wolves have been hunted from helicopter, mercilessly gunned down from aerial vantage points. Is there even a rhyme or reason as to which wolves are being culled? What about the packs? Has it even been considered what killing key members of a pack may do to it? Or even killings bitches carrying pups? These are relevant questions that should be answered openly to the public.

Recently I read an article about Werner Freund’s passing. Along with his partner, Werner established a wolf sanctuary in Germany and pushed for wolf education to soothe unfounded fears of the public. He also consulted with governments and farmers that had wolf issues.

Information can be found here: http://pacificwild.org/site/take_action/wolf-action.html

Sign the petition here: https://www.change.org/p/save-b-c-wolves

Donate here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-b-c-wolves

Most of the former Otway state forest (90,000 ha) was managed for logging.

Logging in the Otways was not profitable - Victorian taxpayers pay about $1 million each year to have their forests in the Otways logged.

Approximately three square kilometres was logged each year. This is an area roughly the size of the Melbourne city area. The forest was logged using a method called clearfell logging which destroys all vegetation.

There are only two industries that benefited from logging of the Otway forest: the woodchip industry and the sawn timber industry.

Logging was predominantly for woodchips. 60% of money that the government received from Otway logging was from woodchips. More than 70% of trees cut down went directly to be woodchipped. Including offcuts from sawn timber, more than 80% of trees ended up as woodchips. Without woodchipping, logging just for sawlogs would be unprofitable.

Sawn timber from the Otways is predominantly low grade timber, for use on construction sites or for fence pailings. Only about 6% of hardwood taken from the forest (for woodchips or sawn timber) was high grade timber that could be used in construction or furniture.

Sawmills that take timber from the Otways do not make a profit. The owners of the sawmills benefit from logging because they own shares in the biggest woodchip mill in Geelong.

Manitouwadge OPP : Theft of Property

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MANITOUWADGE, ON – May 6, 2015, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Manitouwadge detachment received information regarding a theft of pulp logs that belong to B&M Hauling.   This has been an ongoing problem for the company as there are sometimes partial loads of pulp logs left in areas where they are cutting. These are left in the cutting areas until a full truck load can be made. The public…

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