246 – Earth’s Tree News

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–British Columbia: 1) Selling stolen land that’s illegal to sell, 2) No loss to loggers means extinction for caribou, 3) Law Clinic to investigate Western’s Swindle, 4) Tribes have been protesting these Swindles for a long time,
–US Pacific Northwest: 5) 80,000 Spotted Owl comments requires outside contracting,
–Washington: 6) Earth Tree News down for the count, but makes it back to its feet
–Oregon: 7) Measure 49
–California: 8) Thinning limits fire Damage, 9) Fires take Avocados, 10) Maxxam scam,
–Montana: 11) WildWest Institute has been working with forest ecologists
–Arizona: 12) Badly needed thinning scrapped in favor of old growth logging
–Colorado: 13) 20-foot pipeline corridor snaking through a wilderness
–Arkansas: 14) Evaluating techniques for rehabilitating degraded forests
–Virginia: 15) Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007
–North Carolina: 16) Logging controversy in Waynesville
–Georgia: 17) Plans for largest woodland garden in the nation
–USA: 18) National forest meet green standards, 19) Houses to surround NFs, 20) Building Leadership Skills in the Natural Resource Professions and Beyond, 21) GAO on forest thinning challenges, 22) Pygmies visit Wash. DC.,
–Canada: 23) Canadians will pay $53 per year for new parks, 24) Watershed management plan in W. Newfoundland,
–UK: 25) Prince Charles want to save world’s old trees,
–Brazil: 26) New oil and gas exploration planned, 27) Croton palanostigma trees for RX,
–Guyana: 28) Tree origin of Arawak people, 29) Loggers challenge fine,
–Sumatra: 30) Forest Defenders Camp
–Indonesia: 31) Opposition to pulp schemes, 32) Carbon financial incentives not enough,
–Asia-Pacific: 32) Where deforestation is predominant, corruption is very high
–New Zealand: 33) Small scale loggers lose viability to large scale loggers
–Australia: 34) Still plenty of Old growth chip exports

British Columbia:

1) Financially troubled forest company Pope & Talbot has put more than 6,400 hectares of private land in the Kootenays up for sale, even though much of it is part of a tree farm licence and can’t legally be sold. The company has advertised the land through Colliers International on the uniqueproperties.com website. The offering includes “significant lake frontage and some development potential” along the Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes and Kettle River, according to the ad. But more than 70 per cent of the land offered for sale is part of tree farm licence 23, said NDP forests critic Bob Simpson. And in order for it to be sold for development, that land would first have to be released from the TFL by the provincial government. Yesterday, Forests Minister Rich Coleman said he hadn’t even seen Pope & Talbot’s request to have the land removed. He said First Nations are being consulted on the issue and that ministry staff will eventually make a recommendation to him. Until then, no decision will be made, he said. But Simpson thinks there is an “understanding” between the government and Pope & Talbot. “I believe there’s a wink and a nod. Otherwise, why would you take the risk?” Simpson said in an interview. “Why would you put your neck out and go and put all those [hectares] up for sale?” http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=f37bfdcc-98da-45d6-800e-ae3c202

2) Today in the Arrow Lakes News the president and CEO of the Council of Forest Industries is quoted as saying “There’ll be little, if any, impact on harvesting levels” due to the government’s secret and still unfinished plan to save the mountain caribou. Here’s an animals that is being sent to extinction by old-growth logging, mostly at low and middle elevations, and they are proposing to save it without appreciable impact to the AAC. This is an ecologically incompetent and fraudulent plan. This is what ForestEthics’ Candace Batycki says in the same article: “Candace Batycki of environmental organization ForestEthics said the plan was a victory for those who’ve worked towards protecting mountain caribou, ‘These new commitments are critical for the survival of one of North America’s most endangered mammals, and have raised the bar for future forest protection across Canada. Today’s announcement is a victory for the thousands of citizens from BC and beyond who made their voices heard about the critical role old growth forests play in endangered species protection and climate change mitigation. For environmental organizations it’s never enough, but we think this is a giant leap foreward … for the mountain caribou I think this is going to do the job.” The article also has a photograph of Tzeporah Berman and Paris Hilton and a whole article about Tzeporah and ForestEthics. It describes FE as “the environmental group that got the biggest nod from Minister of Agriculture and Lands Pat Bell on the conference call las week announcing plans to recover the mountain caribou.” Question: Why is it that our most anti-environment government ever, LOVES ForestEthics? Why is it that the Council of Forest Industries LOVES this mountain caribou plan? And what will the ten environmental group partners of these logging and winter recreation interests do for an encore in the ensuing years when it is experienced that their support and signature has underwritten the logging of thousands of hectares of prime mountain caribou forest? wildernesswatch@netidea.com

3) The University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Clinic has asked the provincial auditor general to investigate the government’s decision to allow Western Forest Products to take private lands out of tree farm licences on Vancouver Island without public consultation and without demanding compensation. The law clinic, acting for the Sea to Sea Greenbelt Society and supported by organizations ranging from unions and First Nations to ratepayers and recreational groups, wants an opinion from Acting Auditor General Errol Price on whether the public has suffered an economic loss and whether environmental protection and public recreation is being compromised. “On the face of it, it doesn’t seem to be very prudent management,” said Calvin Sandborn, the clinic’s legal director. “It doesn’t seem to serve the public interest. It’s great for Western Forest Products, but not for the workers and local residents and environmentalists and people in urban planning and surfers and First Nations.” Since WFP has taken those lands out now, the law clinic suggests it should be forced to financially compensate the government for that privilege. Pope and Talbot is in default on its secured loan agreements and exploring options for improving its balance sheet, including the sale of company assets. The forest lands in the Kootenays are one of those assets up for sale. The real estate boom has prompted other forest companies with lands that never were in tree farm licences to also put acreages on the market. They include: 1) TimberWest Forest, with 5,500 hectares for sale through an online auction and 1,200 hectares for sale though Colliers. 2) Tembec, which recently sold 345 hectares at Fernie. 3) Merrill & Ring with five properties, from 50 hectares to 160 hectares, for sale on islands in the Campbell River region. http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/news/story.html?id=f37bfdcc-98da-45d6-800e-ae3c202

4) First Nations have been the first communities to protest against this profiteering. The government announced the removal of 28,283 hectares of private land from three coastal tree farm licences held by Western Forest Products on 31 January 2007. The land includes some 16,100 hectares from Tree Farm Licences 6 and 19 on northern Vancouver Island. This is 1852 Douglas Treaty protected land and the Kwakiutl Band Council wrote a letter to the government on 5 February 2007 protesting: “Your perceived “partnership” with Western Forest Products has allowed the company to largely ignore their obligations to the Kwakiutl First Nation community, thus disrespecting our treaties and Aboriginal rights and title as Western Forest Products’ are lawfully required to do so.” On 12 February 2007 the Kwakiutl held a protest demonstration at the Legislature. Photos and the Kwakiutl letter of protest can be seen here:

US Pacific Northwest:

5) Unprecedented public comment on a draft recovery plan for the northern spotted owl has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to call for reinforcements. In order to meet its April 2008 deadline for a final plan, the agency responsible for conserving and protecting the nation’s flora and fauna announced Wednesday it will hire outside help. Fish and Wildlife must process and analyze the more than 80,000 comments it has received since it invited public input in April. The plan spells out how best to help boost the population of a species first listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in 1990. Besides the public comments, the plan also hasbeen scrutinized in a half-dozen scientific peer reviews, mostly critical of gaps in the plan’s science. To address the comments and reviews in time for the agency’s deadline, the agency will need outside expertise, Fish and Wildlife spokeswoman Joan Jewett said. The agency expects to hire a firm within the month, she said. The outside firm will include scientists who can help not just process the comments but assist with analysis, Jewett said. Fish and Wildlife will also convene several work groups to focus specifically on habitat management, competition from barred owls and fire. “The service is committed to developing the best final recovery plan possible for the northern spotted owl, one that incorporates the latest science and most effective current management practices,” said Ren Lohoefener, the agency’s Pacific regional director, in a prepared statement. But those familiar with the plan and the scientific peer reviews say the process has been so flawed that the agency should scrap the current recovery plan and start over. “To now outsource to a private contractor is just a continuation of a bad pattern,” said Dominick DellaSala, executive director of the National Center for Conservation Science & Policy. “The consequence is removal of protection for old growth. It’s the key domino to topple the Northwest Forest Plan and protections for old growth forests.” http://www.registerguard.com/csp/cms/sites/dt.cms.support.viewStory.cls?mid=6857


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7) “If you follow the money, it’s clear that the real opponents of Measure 49 are timber companies that want to pave over Oregon’s forests with housing subdivisions,” said Liz Kaufman, head of the Yes on 49 campaign. But timber companies contend they have no immediate intention of turning vast tracts of their holdings into subdivisions, and are just keeping their options open. Considered the farthest-reaching statute of its kind in the country, Oregon’s 2004 law allows property owners to seek compensation if land-use actions imposed after they bought the property reduced its value and restricted its use. Cities and counties facing Measure 37 claims must either pay the compensation sought or waive the regulations. Since the 2004 law passed, property owners have filed more than 7,500 claims on 750,000 acres – mostly on rural farm or forest land. They’ve demanded billions in compensation or the right to build everything from a single home to subdivisions with dozens or even hundreds of homes. Measure 49, the measure on the Nov. 6 ballot, is intended to bring order to land-use rules. It would allow rural landowners to build a few homes – three in most cases and as many as 10 for some – but curb larger subdivisions and industrial development currently allowed under the 2004 law. Many Oregonians who voted for Measure 37 regret doing so, saying they didn’t realize it would go so far in opening up areas for development, or that it would turn out to be so unclear and flawed. But there also those who say Measure 37 corrected injustices within existing land-use rules and should be left as it is. The timber industry, owners of vast acreage in Oregon, is among the most powerful of the ballot measure’s opponents. The largest single contributor to the anti-Measure 49 campaign so far is the Stimson Lumber Co., which has chipped in $375,000. The Portland-based company has filed the largest development claims under the 2004 law’s provisions – a total of at least 57,000 acres in six counties, which the Yes on 49 Committee says signals Stimson’s intent to convert forests into subdivisions. The property rights group leading the charge to defeat Measure 49 notes it’s being outspent by a 2-to-1 margin. More than half of the $4.23 million raised so far by supporters of the measure has come from two sources – Yamhill County vineyard owner Eric Lemelson and the Nature Conservancy, which usually works behind the scenes buying property to preserve as wildlife habitat. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/W/WST_PROPERTY_RIGHTS_OROL-?SITE=OREUG&SECTION=HOME&TEMPL


8) As flames ravage surrounding communities, this resort town high in the San Bernardino Mountains emerged largely unscathed, an island in a sea of destruction. The credit for that isolated victory, federal officials say, should go to firefighting tactics, shifting winds and favorable terrain — and a sometimes controversial U.S. Forest Service effort to eliminate the tinder that fuels forest fires. Since 2002, the Forest Service has removed millions of trees, thinned brush and cut low-hanging branches, creating fuel breaks around almost 80% of the community. Fires don’t spread quickly or easily through such areas, instead burning lower to the ground and with less intensity. “The fuel breaks saved Lake Arrowhead,” said Randall Clauson, the Forest Service’s division chief for the San Bernardino National Forest and incident commander earlier this week on the two biggest wildfires still burning in the mountains. He said he believes that, without the breaks, “the fire would have run right through Lake Arrowhead and gone to Highway 18, cutting off the evacuation route and probably resulting in the loss of hundreds of lives.” But not everyone was convinced that forest-thinning itself played such a pivotal role. “Thinning and cleanup of surface fuels really does help,” said Ken Larson, a fire behavior analyst with the Forest Service, stationed at the fire command post in the San Bernardino Mountains. “But there are many variables at play. Even that may not save structures in the face of extreme winds and extreme conditions.” Still, evidence was dramatic in the thinned forest areas. In one cluster of Lake Arrowhead neighborhoods protected by fuel breaks, only a few stumps were burning and no trees were lost. Hundreds of surrounding homes were untouched. Some of the worst-hit areas like Running Springs don’t have fuel breaks. Just 20% of Big Bear is protected by breaks, fire officials said. http://www.latimes.com/news/printedition/california/la-me-arrowhead25oct25,0,1805511.story?co

9) The deadly brush fires raging in Southern California have destroyed thousands of acres of avocado trees and it will take years for the area’s crop to recover, said state and county agriculture officials. “We know we’ve lost thousands of acres of avocados. That will be one of the big losses,” Jay Van Rein, spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture, said of the avocados in a telephone interview with Reuters. In addition to avocados, other agriculture in the fire areas includes citrus groves, egg farms, and plant nurseries. More than 500,000 people have been evacuated from the fire areas, most of them in the San Diego area, the largest number in California history. Seven Southern California counties have been declared major disaster areas. There are 18 active fires from Los Angeles County to the Mexican border, which have burned 426,000 acres, or 666 square miles. Six deaths and about 40 injuries have been attributed to the blazes. http://www.reuters.com/article/bondsNews/idUSN2422540420071024

10) The federal Bankruptcy Court judge presiding over the Pacific Lumber Co.’s Chapter 11 process told the bitterly divided parties Tuesday to pick a mediator by Friday and present a unified plan within 30 days. That order, issued by Judge Richard Schmidt in Corpus Christi, Texas, left unsettled the issue that had been the subject of a seven-hour hearing in his courtroom Tuesday: whether Pacific Lumber or its creditors should control the reorganization of the troubled company. Pacific Lumber, which is ultimately controlled by Houston financier Charles Hurwitz’s Maxxam Corp., filed for bankruptcy protection in January when it was unable to make payments on what was then $714 million in bonds secured by the company’s timberland. Under bankruptcy law, Pacific Lumber got the first shot at proposing a plan to reorganize the company and pay off its debts. It did so on Sept. 30, when it made a proposal that included selling 22,000 acres of its most valuable redwoods as 160-acre timber farms. But the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors, which would have to approve housing permits so the owners of these tree farms could live there, earlier this month approved a move designed to prevent just that – a fact that Schmidt noted Tuesday. “The county is so incensed, they passed a resolution (so) that you couldn’t do this plan,” the judge said, according to Dow Jones News. Pacific Lumber has been a flash point for environmental protests ever since Hurwitz, with help from former junk bond king Michael Milken, acquired the company in a debt-leveraged takeover in 1986 and more than doubled its cutting of old-growth redwood trees. http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/10/24/BUM6SV2KB.DTL


11) A widespread notion is that fire suppression has greatly altered fire regimes across the West and is therefore largely responsible for the large, severe wildfires witnessed in recent years. This logic even lies at the base of national policies such as the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HFRA) and Healthy Forests Initiative (HFI) which emphasize widespread logging and prescribed fire to ameliorate the effects of fire suppression and reduce the likelihood of large fires. However, significant scientific debate exists about the historical causes of forest change and the best management responses to these changes. Recent studies have begun to highlight many potential dangers of rushing headfirst into widespread logging and burning practices, as is currently advocated by national policies. Just as fire suppression was thought to be a beneficial policy for forest health and public safety and yet we now find ourselves in part the victim of a century of fire suppression policies, we need to be sure that current thinning and burning policies do not, in the long run, actually worsen the very problem they aim to solve. In order to avoid such an outcome, solid scientific principles must exist as the foundation of management policy and practice. Over the last several years, the WildWest Institute has been working with forest ecologists at the University of Montana to help fill the scientific gap at the base of current national forest policies. The following is a brief review of our research and other relevant scientific findings that should help to form the basis for forest management policies and practices on public lands. At the heart of the scientific debate about the causes of recent large wildfires is whether they are climate driven or the result of altered forest conditions due to past human influences. With increasing certainty, new studies suggest that climate change is driving wildfire behavior, with warmer springs, earlier snowmelt, and longer, drier fire seasons contributing to the increased size and severity of wildfires. http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/WildWest/blog/comments.jsp?blog_entry_KEY=22


12) Rejecting a decade of restoration-based forest management, the U.S. Forest Service has unilaterally revised its guidelines for management of wildlife on national forests in Arizona and New Mexico. The Center for Biological Diversity has filed a formal objection to the first logging project to be proposed under the new guidelines. The Jack Smith/Schultz timber sale on the Coconino National Forest near Flagstaff, Arizona, would log more than 8,000 acres, including an undisclosed number of large, old-growth trees. It is the first project to explicitly implement the agency’s major changes to the Northern Goshawk Management Guidelines, which the Forest Service developed in 1996 in response to litigation by the Center over the agency’s poor record of protecting the imperiled species. In the spring of 2007, the Forest Service made major changes to the 1996 Northern Goshawk Guidelines, which affect management of all ponderosa pine forest on national forests in the Southwest. The new guidelines could signal a new round of timber wars in the Southwest. “The Forest Service has illegally amended every forest plan in the Southwest Region by failing to involve the public and state agencies prior to implementing this substantial weakening of the Goshawk Guidelines,” said Todd Schulke of the Center. “The new Forest Service guidelines will spell disaster for the goshawk, and for southwestern old growth forests.” The Goshawk Guidelines require the Forest Service to leave a specified percentage of the forest as canopy cover to provide habitat for goshawks and their prey. The changes will significantly weaken this requirement, and could lead to dramatically increased logging of large, old-growth trees. Despite the significance of the changes, the Forest Service provided no public notice prior to revising the Goshawk Guidelines across the region. The public and other agencies were provided no opportunity to provide official comment or otherwise be involved in the controversial revisions to the guidelines. http://www.ewire.com/display.cfm/Wire_ID/4308


13) When a 20-foot pipeline corridor snaking through a wilderness threatens to become a 100-foot-wide swath, environmentalists become indignant. If the proposed Bull Mountain Pipeline is allowed to penetrate three large roadless areas around the eastern reach of Mesa County, it could provide an excuse for energy companies to enter roadless areas with their pipelines all over the West, Wilderness Workshop Director Sloan Shoemaker said Tuesday. “Then we can do other stupid things in roadless areas,” he said. Shoemaker sat in the copilot’s seat of an EcoFlight Cessna as it seemingly skirted the tops of aspen trees over the proposed pipeline route east of Battlement Mesa on Tuesday morning. The pipeline could violate the federal Roadless Rule, prevent wilderness designation for the area and critically damage elk, lynx and deer access to Grand Mesa and Battlement Mesa, he said. The problem, he said, is that it’s not just a matter of putting a pipe in the ground. Building the Bull Mountain Pipeline would require at least a 100-foot swath of range and forest to be denuded, according to a Forest Service draft environmental impact report. The proposed pipeline would be a 25-mile-long, 20-inch pipe slated to carry natural gas from a Gunnison Energy and SG Interests coalbed methane field in Gunnison County to a compressor station in Garfield County south of Silt via the far eastern tip of Mesa County. It would roughly follow the path of a decades-old, 5-inch pipeline whose narrow, lightly forested scar can still be seen from the air. A decision about whether Bull Mountain will be built and what route it will take is expected sometime early next year, Forest Service spokeswoman LeeAnn Loupe said. Other proposed routes would be longer, but would take the pipeline along roadway corridors. The Forest Service prefers the route through the roadless areas. Gunnison Energy officials say the pipeline scar will be reclaimed quickly after construction, but environmentalists say they fear it will take much longer for the scar to disappear, and they argue it will require the company to build temporary roads that are prohibited by the Forest Service’s Roadless Rule. http://www.gjsentinel.com/news/content/news/stories/2007/10/24/102407_1a_BullMountainPipeline.


14) The quality of oak stands in Arkansas forests can be degraded by pests or by “high-grading” — a timber practice in which the best or biggest trees are removed, leaving only inferior or undesirable trees. Scientists in the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture are evaluating techniques for rehabilitating degraded forests to increase the value of timber and improve wildlife habitat. Matthew Pelkki, forest economist at the Arkansas Forest Resources Center in Monticello, Ark., is lead scientist for the study. He said the goal is to evaluate the effectiveness and economics of techniques that remove less desirable trees that compete for soil, sunlight and other resources needed to establish healthy oaks. The study is being conducted in forest plots at the Savoy Research Unit, west of Fayetteville, Ark. Chris Stuhlinger, forest manager, said high-value trees were harvested from the area several years ago, leaving only poor-quality oaks and other species with little or no commercial value. In some plots, controlled burns kill undesirable trees and open the canopy for new growth of oak seedlings. Pelkki said only one burn is used in some plots, and others will have multiple burns about three years apart. In other plots, low-value trees will be killed with herbicide. Some tests will include a combination of single- or multiple-controlled burns and herbicide application. “Prescribed fire offers a number of benefits,” Pelkki said. “Oaks are particularly well adapted for fire. The stem may burn up or die, but the root system survives and a new tree will sprout from the roots.” All the controlled burns in the study are conducted under supervision of the Washington County office of the Arkansas Forestry Commission. Pelkki said a burn costs about $20 an acre, and herbicide application costs about four times more. Initial results show that oaks are responding better to a single herbicide application than to a single burn or combination of burning and herbicide. A combination treatment with a single burn followed by herbicide application to kill non-oak regrowth costs about $100 an acre. Other elements of the study include studying the effects of varying fire temperatures on different species and diameters of oaks. Temperatures can vary widely in different areas of a burn, Pelkki said. The study uses temperature-indicating liquids — disks of paint in varying colors that melt at different temperatures. http://deltafarmpress.com/news/071023-rehabilitating-forests/


15) The U.S. House of Representatives gave its approval Tuesday to the Virginia Ridge and Valley Act of 2007. The legislation, which has been introduced in the U.S. Senate and referred to committee, would create more than 53,000 acres of new wilderness or national scenic areas, as well as expand six existing wilderness areas in portions of Bland, Craig, Grayson, Giles, Lee, Montgomery and Smyth counties within the Jefferson National Forest. The designation of land as either a wilderness or a national scenic area aims to protect it and help preserve its natural, historic and recreational resources. Recreational activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, kayaking and horseback riding are encouraged in both wilderness and national scenic areas, although motorized traffic and mechanized equipment are banned from wilderness areas. Non-motorized mountain biking and limited motorized access are permitted in certain portions of national scenic areas. The new wilderness areas proposed include Stone Mountain in Lee County; Raccoon Branch in Smyth County; Brush Mountain in Montgomery County; Brush Mountain East in Craig County; and Garden Mountain, Hunting Camp Creek and Lynn Camp Creek in Bland County. The proposed national scenic areas listed in the legislation are Seng Mountain and Bear Creek, both in Smyth County. In addition, the Virginia Ridge and Valley Act would expand six existing wilderness areas. Among them is the Mountain Lake Wilderness Area in Giles and Craig counties, which would gain 5,476 acres. http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/wb/137000

North Carolina:

16) An issue that caused a firestorm of controversy for Waynesville’s current town board is rearing its head in this election cycle — and may prove to be a defining factor in how voters cast their ballots. The debate over whether to allow forest management in the town’s watershed divided the aldermen in 2004, when a 3 to 2 vote was cast before a jam-packed, highly emotional town audience in favor of a conservation easement that would allow management. Now, candidates are once again being forced to choose a side — and they’re divided. Some, like mayoral candidate Gavin Brown, are backing the town board’s vote. For Brown, who voted in favor of the conservation easement as an alderman, it’s simple. “The facts prove our ability to maintain our watershed and actively manage it,” he insists. Others, though, aren’t convinced. Alderman candidate Charles Miller has made it clear that forest management in the watershed is the issue he’s running on. “I feel that over 90 percent of people in the town of Waynesville are opposed to cutting any timber on that watershed and certain members of our town board have ignored these people and ignored petitions with almost 600 names opposed to the cutting of any timber,” says Miller. The town’s leaders began buying up pieces of Waynesville’s watershed in the early 20th century to protect the creeks and streams that comprise the town’s drinking water source. It took nearly 100 years, but in the late 1990s, the town bought the final 690 acres to complete protection of the watershed. The watershed spreads over 8,600 acres of a bowl shaped mountainside above Allens Creek reaching all the way to the Blue Ridge Parkway. http://www.smokymountainnews.com/issues/10_07/10_24_07/fr_watershed_logging.html


17) A leading landscape architect unveiled plans Thursday at Smithgall Woodland Garden to create what he says will be one of the largest woodland gardens in the nation. Principal designer Herb Schaal presented the final garden design for Phase 1 and said he does not want to change what is already here. “We’re not going to change that quality, we’re going to enhance that quality,” Schaal said. Developers and supporters plan for the garden to become a major tourist magnet for Gainesville when it opens in the spring of 2010. Schaal is the principal designer and said plans call for blending horticulture, art and education by saving the large trees on the site and including a road through the forest that will pass a woodland pond. The Woodland Garden will feature an entry drive, a visitor center as well as a woodland garden trail. Lessie and Charles Smithgall donated the 185-acre forest at Lake Lanier to the Atlanta Botanical Garden in the year 2000. The Atlanta Botanical Garden is developing the site and has launched a $10-million fund raising campaign called ‘New Seasons’. With $5-million already committed for endowment, current fund raising is aimed at $5-million for the Phase 1 development now in progress. http://www.accessnorthga.com/news/hall/newfullstory.asp?ID=118767


18) A new study says national forests generally meet “green certification” standards for sustainable management to ensure they remain healthy but balancing the demands for logging, recreation and conservation remain a challenge. The 2-year study was conducted to help the U.S. Forest Service decide whether to join private timber companies seeking independent certification of sustainable management practices to boost forest product sales to gren-minded consumers. The Washington, D.C.-based Pinchot Institute for Conservation studied five national forests, including the Mount Hood National Forest in Oregon. Overall, the forests rated well for planning, community involvement and for identifying threatened or endangered species. But the study indicated improvement was needed in various areas, including old growth timber management and a backlog of road maintenance. http://www.ktvz.com/Global/story.asp?S=7268462

19) Americans are moving closer to national forests and other public lands because of the amenities they provide. As a result, housing density is expected to increase on more than 21.7 million acres of rural private lands located within 10 miles of national forests and grasslands by 2030, according to a recent study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service. “Forests, farms, ranches, and other open spaces are rapidly being developed as more people are choosing to live at the urban fringe and in scenic, rural areas,” says Forest Service Chief Abigail Kimbell. “This development is affecting our ability to manage national forests and grasslands as well as our ability to help private landowners and communities manage their land for public benefits and ecosystem services.” The recently released, National Forests on the Edge: Development Pressures on America’s National Forests and Grasslands, provides information on rural residential development to private landowners and communities as they work to manage and conserve open space. Some of the findings in the report are: Nine national forests and grasslands are projected to experience substantial increases in housing density on at least 25 percent of adjacent private land; the Bitterroot National Forest in Idaho and Montana ranks highest in this category. Almost all eastern national forests are may experience high to moderate increases in adjacent housing density. Private lands bordering national forests in Colorado, northwestern Montana, northern Idaho, California, and Oregon are also projected to experience moderate to high increases. Thirteen national forests are projected to experience substantial residential development on more than ½ million acres of adjacent, currently rural, private lands. Most of these national forests are located in southern states and in the Northeast and Great Lakes regions. Lead authors of the report include Susan Stein, a private forest land studies coordinator, State and Private Forestry, Forest Service, Washington, D.C.; Ralph Alig, a research forester and team leader; and Eric White, a research economist. Alig and White are both scientists with the Forest Service’s Pacific Northwest Research Station. http://www.terradaily.com/reports/Study_Shows_Housing_Development_On_The_Rise_Near_National_Fo

20) “It is estimated that 75 percent of the leaders in this profession will retire in the next decade, and TWS feels strongly that we have a responsibility to prepare our members and others to fill this void with a new generation of leaders.” The Wildlife Society (TWS) announced publication of “The Leadership Workbook: Building Leadership Skills in the Natural Resource Professions and Beyond” authored by Michael Morrison of Texas A&M University, Laura Bies of TWS, and Cherrie Nolden of the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. “Leadership is key if we hope to advance understanding and conservation of our natural world,” concluded Hutchins. “In fact, our vision is to use this workbook, and its many attractive features, to enhance our Leadership Institute, a unique and inspirational training program focused on promising young wildlife professionals with demonstrated leadership potential.”This innovative instructional volume is aimed at natural resource professionals at all levels of training, from university students to early- and mid-career professionals to volunteers. Employees of government agencies, non-profit organizations, and private industry will also find useful information about how they can effectively improve their interactions with colleagues, peers, and the public, all necessary skills for reaching one’s professional and organizational goals. “It is our intention to help already motivated people to increase their effectiveness as leaders, which, in turn can ultimately result in more insightful management of our valuable natural resources,” stated Dr. Michael Hutchins, executive director of TWS. http://www.enn.com/press_releases/2217

21) The GAO [General Accounting Office] examined 762 U.S. Forest Service (USFS) proposals to thin forests and prevent fires during the past two years. According to the study, slightly more than half the proposals were not subject to third-party appeal. Of those proposals subject to appeal, third parties challenged 59 percent. Appeals were filed most often by anti-logging groups, including the Sierra Club, Alliance for Wild Rockies, and Forest Conservation Council. According to the GAO, 84 interest groups filed more than 400 appeals of Forest Service proposals. The appeals delayed efforts to treat 900,000 acres of forests and cost the federal government millions of dollars to address. Forest Service officials estimate they spend nearly half their time, and $250 million [of your money] each year, preparing for the appeals and procedural challenges launched by activists. “The report demonstrates that the appeals needlessly delay federal efforts to prevent wildfires, and if the process is not streamlined, millions of acres will be lost this summer,” said Senate Energy Committee Chairman Pete Domenici (R-New Mexico). “The American people will no longer tolerate management by wildfire,” Domenici added. “This finding is nothing short of appalling, especially when you think of the catastrophic losses suffered in last year’s horrific fire season alone,” said House Resources Committee Chairman Richard Pombo (R-California). http://www.moonbattery.com/archives/2007/10/runaway_wildfir.html

22) “They bring with them huge machines which go deep into the forest and make noise which frightens all the game animals away,” says Adrian Sinafasi, the man seeking to alert the outside world to the plight of central Africa’s pygmies. “When the loggers arrive, they bring with them many workers who are needed to fell the trees. They also need to eat and start hunting but, rather than use traditional weapons in the right season, they hunt with firearms and don’t care about seasons or how much food they take.” Mr Sinafasi, who was displaced from his ancestral home in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, is leading a delegation of pygmies to meet the new head of the World Bank in Washington this week. He hopes the talks could lead to deal to safeguard the world’s second-largest rainforest. There is mounting optimism that when the representatives of some of Africa’s most remote tribes arrive in the US capital today, they can capitalise on international outrage over the bank’s plan to turn 60,000 sq km of pristine forest over to European logging companies. Forty million people in the Congo depend on the rainforests for survival. Among them are up to 600,000 pygmies who are engaged in a David and Goliath battle over plans to allow millions of hardwood trees to be felled, many to make garden furniture and flooring for European homes. As well as retaining nearly eight per cent of the world’s carbon dioxide, the rainforest is home to a vast biodiversity, including the bonobo apes unique to the Congo river basin. The indigenous tribes scored a victory last month when their complaints about logging were upheld by the bank’s independent experts. Observers believe the bank’s board of directors is poised to accept the principle that forest peoples should have a final say in any future development. The panel, which visited Congo to investigate the pygmies’ claims, accepted evidence that the economic value of the trees had been wildly overstated and officials had failed to consider other sustainable uses for the wood. It also concluded that locals were not consulted and the necessary environmental checks were not carried out before the chainsaws started buzzing. http://news.independent.co.uk/world/africa/article3061147.ece


23) Canadians are willing to pay more out of their own pockets to preserve national parks, a new study by a University of Guelph researcher has revealed. In a first-ever survey examining the economic value placed on Canada’s national parks by the general population, Will Wistowsky found that 61 per cent of Canadian households were willing to contribute additional funds to help maintain and complete Canada’s national park system. When people were asked how much more they’d be willing to pay, the average amount was $53 per household, with 47 per cent saying they’d be willing to contribute that amount annually. Multiply that amount by the Canadian population and it adds up to $374 million in one-time funding plus an annual benefit of $176 million. “This shows how much all Canadians – both park visitors and non-visitors – value their national parks,” said Wistowsky, a doctoral student in the School of Environmental Design and Rural Development. While his research is not intended to put a price tag on national parks, dollar figures allow officials to talk about the benefits of national parks in comparable and concrete terms, he said. Previous studies have looked at the value of national parks based on gate receipts, said Wistowsky. But that puts pressure on the parks to focus on boosting revenues by increasing the number of users, which will come at the expense of environmental damage. “This shows how much Canadians value their national parks regardless of whether they visit them.” Despite Canada having one of the world’s oldest national parks system there is little information on their actual economic value to Canadian society, said Wistowsky. His findings are based on questions added to Parks Canada’s 2005 national public opinion poll. He was able to survey more than 1,300 respondents. When asked why they would contribute more, a majority of people said they wanted these areas protected and available for future generations, said Wistowsky. http://www.uoguelph.ca/news/2007/10/canadians_willi.html

24) The public forum — led by Western Newfoundland Model Forest and the City of Corner Brook — was held at the Greenwood Inn and Suites on Tuesday evening. Only a few people from the general public trickled in throughout the evening, leaving representatives from the model forest, the City, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper, Western Newfoundland Environment Centre, and the Department of Environment mingling among themselves. “It’s unfortunate people haven’t come out, but I think it demonstrates that people have confidence in this council moving forward,” Mayor Charles Pender said. “I think some of the things we have done have taken care of some of the issues that were dogging the last council. We have put a moratorium in place on new permits, we’ve contracted Model Forest to do this watershed management plan, so we are moving forward on our commitments and I think people have confidence we are putting their best interests first.” The mayor still feels avenues to exchange information are of an importance as the process of establishing the plan proceeds. “I think if people came here tonight and listened to how Corner Brook Pulp and Paper works in our watershed — the things they have done and how they have managed to do it in an environmentally friendly way, while still meeting their needs, I think people would be very impressed,” he said. Meanwhile, Tina Newbury, watershed planner, said the lack of public participation has been common throughout the process as they move towards establishing a preliminary plan by spring. http://www.thewesternstar.com/index.cfm?sid=73888&sc=23


25) The Prince of Wales has launched a global private-sector initiative dedicated to find ways of keeping the world’s old-growth forests standing and providing “essential public services to humanity.” He did so in a keynote speech in which he said that the burning of rainforests was responsible for more global greenhouse gas emissions than any activity other than power generation. Prince Charles announced that a consortium of companies – including Sky, Sun Media, Rio Tinto, KPMG, Deutsche, Morgan Stanley and Barclays – has undertaken to work with him over the next 18 months on ways to make old-growth forest more valuable alive than dead. His announcement, in a keynote speech before a WWF event at Hampton Court, was seen as creating momentum for moves to place value on standing forests in the successor to the Kyoto climate change treaty, talks on which begin in Bali, Indonesia, in December. Prince Charles said the world’s forests needed to be seen as what they were: “giant global utilities, providing essential public services to humanity on a vast scale. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/main.jhtml?xml=/earth/2007/10/25/eacharles125.xml


26) This week Brazil announced it is seeking approval to explore for new oil and gas reserves near the Jurua River in the Amazonian state of Acre. The government will set aside US$35.5 million for the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) to begin exploration, while the Acre State Industrial Federation has promised to raise US$15 million. Officials cited the economic benefits the project will bring to a neglected part of the country but raised concerns among local and international environmental groups who worry that the exploration will damage sensitive ecosystems. Commenting on the proposed project, Environmental Ministry Executive Secretary, Joao Paulo Capobianco, is reported as saying, “It’s necessary to examine how this will be done, on what scale and in what areas. In theory, there are methodologies and technologies that allow this activity without environmental damage.” For his part, Acre Congressman Marcelo Serafim said that, “development brings damage, it destroyed the Atlantic forest, it ruined much of the Pantanal (wetlands), and that’s not what we want or defend.” But, he added, “If the Brazilian government and the world want the Amazon preserved, the world has to give us conditions to preserve the Amazon. And it hasn’t.” The ongoing debate over resource extraction in the Amazon Rainforest is controversial. Governments and citizens have a number of conflicting interests between increased energy demands necessary to fuel development and their desire to protect the rainforest. Current and expected energy shortages complicate matters. For example, Chile and Argentina are in the middle of an energy crisis while Brazil is expected to face shortages by 2010. http://southaffairs.blogspot.com/2007/10/brazil-announces-new-oil-exploration-in.html

27) U.S. scientists have discovered an extract from an Amazon rain forest tree is a potent antioxidant that can prevent human cartilage destruction. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine said the discovery’s unique actions suggest a broad set of applications in various joint, skin and gastrointestinal diseases, including osteoarthritis and irritable bowel syndrome. The new product, now named Progrado, is an extract from Croton palanostigma trees that prevents cartilage destruction by molecular scissors called matrix metalloproteinases. The researchers said the enzymes cut collagen, which forms the backbone of the cartilage, into tiny pieces during states of inflammation and alter the fabric that holds tissues together. “This is an exciting finding,” said Professor Tariq Haqqi, the lead investigator and senior author of the study. “This is the first time a natural product has been shown to directly block these molecular scissors, while showing potential to stimulate repair. This is a testament to the wound healing properties of this traditional medicine and the distinctive therapeutic opportunities that nature offers.” Haqqi and his research partner — Paul Bobrowski of Rainforest Nutritionals Inc., in Raleigh, N.C. — reported their findings in the Journal of Inflammation. http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Science/2007/10/25/rain_forest_tree_makes_potent_antioxidant/1897/


28) Plenty, plenty moons ago, them Arawak people used to live in the sky. Then one day, they come across a big hole. In the hole had a tree going down. Of course, them Arawaks had to climb down this tree to see what been underneath. They discover earth. Oh my! What a splendiferous place, what fruits, what colours, what plants and animals and sweet water. Them Arawaks feast and feast until they get drowsy. They settle in the soft grass and the breeze lullaby them to sleep. And while they doh-doh…nap…the hole in the sky close up. And that is how them Arawaks end up staying on earth. Whatever version, one truth remain…the Arawaks descendants, the Amerindians, was the first people of Guyana. They live in the interior, in the rainforest, using the land without destroying. Then along come Modern Man. He tear down them trees, gouge the land for diamonds and gold. I remember a young fella me and my mother did meet in the late nineties. He used to work a drudge…a dredging machine…for he older brother. He say, with naive pride swelling he malaria-thin chest, that this machine been so powerful, it dig out massive trees like they was matchsticks. Today, if you fly over the hinterlands you might see red scars here, there, earth bleeding in the middle of dark-green forest. I ain’t never see this, the last time I fly over the interior was the mid-nineties, and the bleeding didn’t show then…or at least, where I fly didn’t have any. But my cousins from Canada who visit in May this year see them red wounds; they say they heart weep as they fly above. But all ain’t lost, I tell meself again on Friday evening. On Friday evening me and Auntie H. been to see a short film, Iwokrama, The Untold Story. http://sapodilla.blogspot.com/2007/10/rainforest-people.html

29) A Malaysian timber company fined by Guyana for allegedly underreporting its harvest of trees announced Wednesday it will seek international forestry experts to back its claim that the penalty was excessive. The chairman of Barama Company Limited, Girwar Lalaram, said a $500,000 fine imposed Monday against the Malaysian company by Guyana’s forestry commission was extreme and would force the firm to fire local workers. “The penalties imposed by the forestry commission are severe, unclear, and in our opinion, arbitrary,” Lalaram said in a statement. “(Barama) is prepared to engage internationally recognized auditors, forestry consultants and other experts to investigate the issues.” Guyana has accused the timber company, owned by Samling Global Limited of Sarawak, Malaysia, of failing to report some of the trees harvested in northwestern Guyana, near the border with Venezuela, and illegally excluding logs it purchased from its total production report. Two Guyanese field monitors have been dismissed and others are under investigation for possibly turning a blind eye to Barama’s operations, according to the forestry commission. Barama, one of several Asian timber companies logging in Guyana, was awarded the concessions nearly 20 years ago. Part of its forestry area includes land in what was the notorious settlement of Jonestown, where U.S. cult leader Jim Jones led more than 900 followers to their deaths in 1978. The Forest Stewardship Council, which sets international standards for sustainable logging, suspended Barama’s certification for its 1,408,470-acre section of western Guyana in January after concerns were raised over its practices. But certification was reinstated in August after the company made adjustments, according to FSC records.http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/fn/5242646.html


30) Climate change and deforestation are inextricably linked. Forest destruction contributes around one-fifth of all man-made greenhouse gas emissions, more than the entire global transport sector, and the problem is so severe that Indonesia and Brazil are ranked third and fourth respectively in the list of top emitting countries, mainly because of deforestation. It’s against this background that our latest Forest Defenders Camp opened a couple of weeks ago on the Indonesian island of Sumatra, located on the frontline where the peatland forest is being cleared for palm oil plantations. Palm oil is used in hundreds of food and cosmetic products, as well as biofuels. There are two reasons Indonesia was picked for this project. First, the forests of South East Asia are being destroyed faster than anywhere else on the planet. Industrial logging plus the expansion of the palm oil industry and the pulp and paper sector are to blame, which affects not only the people who live there and the biodiversity that the forest supports, but also the global climate. Both the forest itself and the thick layers of peat lying beneath it store millions of tonnes of carbon. The peat is cleared and drained to make the land suitable for palm oil plantations and, of course, this releases vast quantities of greenhouse gases. The second reason is that in December Indonesia will play host to the United Nations Climate Change conference, the next round of international climate talks that will begin negotiations on an extension to the Kyoto Protocol. Strong measures to prevent deforestation have to be included as an essential part of any international climate change agreements, and the forest camp is the first stage in our plan to ensure that happens. As the Stern Review noted almost a year ago, “curbing deforestation is a highly cost-effective way to reduce emissions.” http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/blog/climate/indonesia-gets-its-own-climate-change-camp-20071024


31) Opposition to the government’s industrial forest scheme (HTI) from various quarters is hindering the efforts of the Forestry Ministry to have industrial plantations covering 9.5 million hectares by 2009. Director general of forest protection and nature conservation at the forestry ministry, I Made Subadia, said Wednesday that the resistance occurred because people were looking primarily at the early stages in which the ministry logged forest areas before replacing the trees with ones having more industrial potential. Currently, Indonesia has around 3.7 million hectares of HTI area providing logs for paper and several other timber-based industries in the country. The ministry is now focusing on planting eucalyptus, albazia falcataria and acacia, which are the varieties most in demand on the market. “They are protesting because they realize that this was just an early part of the process that will make the forests more useful,” Subadia said “Our main concern now is how to change people’s perspective of the land clearing method, so we can prevent unnecessary problems in the future.” Currently the ministry is involved in a dispute with the Riau Provincial Police over forest concessions to Riau Andalan Pulp and Paper and Indah Kiat Pulp and Paper. The Riau Police have accused the two paper giants of illegal logging in Riau’s protected forests and confiscated thousands of cubic meters of timber from them. http://www.thejakartapost.com/detailnational.asp?fileid=20071025.H02&irec=1

32) Financial incentives for forest protection should consider the value of the natural resources inside to motivate local residents to protect the area, the government said Tuesday Forestry Minister Malam Sambat Kaban said the incentives should also count potential losses if the people stop exploiting the forest. “If we get only US$100 per hectare as a financial reward, it will not resolve poverty problems for communities living in forest areas,” Kaban said. He said Indonesia’s forests had extensive natural reserves, including trees and mineral resources. “A cubic meter of meranti tree wood, for example, is priced at $150. A hectare of land could produce 70 cubic meters of meranti timber. The reward must consider this,” he said. “In Bengkulu, 80 percent of the forest is protected… where many precious minerals such as iron, gold and coal are found. But what will the world give us for protecting it?” Kaban also said other countries had paid little attention to Indonesia’s efforts to protect its forests. “Our forests trap tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) every day but no country appreciates this,” he said. He said that only since the issue of climate change became important had the international community paid attention to Indonesia’s forests. “But they accuse Indonesia of being the world’s third largest emitter of greenhouse gases due to forest fires,” he said. Kaban said that the government had carried out several actions to help protect forests. “We have reduced logging from 27 million cubic meters before the 2000s to only 9.1 million cubic meters per year. We have also intensified efforts to fight illegal logging,” he said. “We have designated 40 million hectares of protected and conservation forest but we never get rewarded for our efforts.” http://www.thejakartapost.com/misc/PrinterFriendly.asp


33) And as the Berlin-based Transparency International (TI) notes, in countries where excessive corruption prevails, the destruction of natural resources, such as local forests, for private gain is not far behind. ‘’Illegal logging is a symptom of the disease of corruption,’’ says Lisa Elges, TI’s senior programme coordinator for the Asia-Pacific region. ‘’In countries where deforestation is predominant, corruption is very high.’’ What has fuelled such abuse is the political climate that shrouds the forestry sector in the region, she explained to IPS in this northern Thai city, where a conference on the future of forests in Asia and the Pacific was held last week. ‘’There is a great deal of lack of accountability and transparency in the forestry sector. Forests are held under the authority of governments, so there is no one to check the abuse by relevant ministries, politicians and local officials.’’ In fact, TI estimates that if left unchecked, the current pace of illegal logging in the Asian region could result in a loss of 6.6 million hectares by 2020. The affected countries range from Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia to Burma, Laos and Papua New Guinea. Currently, Asia and the Pacific have 700 million ha of forestland out of the world’s 3.9 million ha, or some 30 percent of the earth’s landmass. In the past 15 years, however, this region lost 10 million ha of its forest cover, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the U.N. agency that hosted the conference on forestry, which drew 250 experts, policy makers and activists from 39 countries. Other international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have expressed similar concerns about rampant corruption fuelling the destruction of pristine forests across Asia. According to a speaker from the Rainforest Alliance at the conference, illegal logging in developing Asia ‘’results in the loss of assets and revenue of over 10 billion U.S. dollars annually.’’ In June this year, another NGO, Global Witness, shed light on the dire situation in Cambodia, one of South-east Asia’s poorest countries afflicted with the twin evils of corruption and illegal logging. The illegal logging trade in the country was estimated to be 13 million US dollars annually, said the London-based group in its report, ‘Cambodia’s Family Trees’. http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=39742

New Zealand:

34) Nelson logging company Heartland Logging Ltd was put into liquidation by the Nelson High Court last week. Company director Michael Ewers of Wakefield said he had been in the industry for 25 years but had effectively been forced out by large forestry companies awarding large contracts, and exporting logs at cheap prices without having confirmed contracts. “They are just screwing the prices down.” Running the business had been particularly hard in the past four years, and he had resorted to getting work in Marlborough. “It seems to be getting worse.” The cost of fuel and rise in average wages had also made survival in the industry tough. “We’ve lost everything.” Financial pressures were being felt by other smaller businesses too, he said. Heartland Logging had 12 staff, most of whom were fortunate to have found work either in New Zealand or Australia, he said. The High Court appointed David Crichton and Keiran Horne from Christchurch firm Crichton Horne and Associates as liquidators of the company. Mrs Horne said Inland Revenue had applied to have the company put into liquidation. http://www.stuff.co.nz/stuff/nelsonmail/4251532a6510.html


35) The Tasmanian Greens today obtained an admission from the Premier that old growth woodchip exports will still be exported in the quantity of half a million tonnes every year once the pulp mill is built, as part of an ongoing native woodchip trade, despite attempts by government to imply that the pulp mill would somehow end old growth wood chipping. Greens Opposition Leader Peg Putt MHA also pointed out that the wood-fired power station co-located with the pulp mill will burn old growth material, and that the pricing of plantation wood compared to native forest trees is set so as to discourage a transition to a plantation-based pulp mill. “What Tasmanians were not told in the carefully pitched announcement on the pulp mill wood supply is that Tasmania will continue its disgraceful trade in export of old growth forest woodchips at the level of half a million tonnes a year even if the pulp mill is built. And native forest woodchip export levels will be even higher. Also very carefully glossed over by the Lennon Government is that old growth material will be burnt on the pulp mill site in the co-located forest furnace which was approved as part of the pulp mill development application. Don’t fall for the political trickery that implies old growth logging for woodchip will cease if the pulp mill is built, when it won’t, and be aware that old growth will be burnt on the pulp mill site as well.” http://tas.greens.org.au/News/view_MR.php?ActionID=2635

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AnonymousNovember 8th, 2007 at 5:42 pm

Inflatable kayaks are not mechanized equipment,so I think that we can take them with us.
Can we?

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