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RE: Timber Industry Retooling
By Dave Abeyta 


April 23, 2009

I'm in agreement with Keith Stump's comments & information. I've spent half my working life (15 years) in the northwest logging industry & one thing is for sure forest management is an imperfect science in the works. The Forest Service sends out well intentioned, college educated people to tell loggers what's best for the forest. In spite of what the preservationists think we loggers care about what is best for the trees so they will be there for us & our children.

Presently, I am a finish carpenter in Hawaii. One thing I read In Keith's comment that caught my attention was that the Alaska hemlock was just being used for pulp. I just finished working on a 6 mil dollar mansion - they had us install 1x6 tongue & groove Oregon hemlock across this huge open beam ceiling. It's so beautiful. I even took some scraps home & made a great coffee table. The old timers say they used it for railroad ties so I bet it's tough enough for flooring. Maybe Sen.Murkowski could include a T & G mill with her Timber Industry Retooling & Restructuring Act?

Thanks for taking time to read. Aloha

Dave Abeyta 

Received April 23, 2009 - Published April 23, 2009


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