The replacement volume program was created by the Forest SerVice to supply trees to timber companies when a timber sale is taken off the block because of environmental concerns. The program is supposed to replace the original sale with another of "like kind and volume". Here in Cascadia, timber companies -- including Roseburg Forest Products -- recieved old growth sales in the Cascades after second-growth sales they had acquired the right to cut in the Coast Range were cancelled due to the presence of the endangered marbled murulet. The new sales were not of "like kind and volume" in any sense of that phrase, as they usually contained more board feet and higher priced wood, to say nothing of the inestimatable value of an untouched old growth ecosystem, which, when cut, can never be "replaced". Allyn Ford, owner of Roseburg, is also Chairman of the Board of Umpqua Holding Company, the parent of Umpqua Bank. Forest defenders in Cascadia have been urging people to boycott the bank, which they refer to as "stUmpqua". Only a few replacement volume sales remain contested at this point (many have been declared illegal by the courts), and Roseburg holds (I think) all of them. Hence the reason to protest them. Additionally, other timber companies have investments in Umpqua Bank. |
If you are concerned about saving ancient forests in Cascadia, the time to act is now, and the thing to do is call and email.
Sample script for contacting Umpqua Holdings:
Hi. I want Roseburg Forests to release all claims it still holds over any old growth timber sales in Oregon. I know that Allyn Ford, the owner of Roseburg, is also the president of the board. Whenever I see reference to Umpqua Bank, I mention to whomever I'm with why it's important to boycott Umpqua Bank.