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Last Biscuit report back shows logging loopholes

Are Oregon's roadless forests being sent overseas and certified as sustainable forest products by Oregon Overseas? This is a late final reportback on Biscuit roadless logging. Biscuit Logging is mostly done now, although Silver Creek may finish plundering the North Kalmiopsis roadless area this spring, and they may still log the massive live "hazard" trees the Forest Service has rewarded them. They call it an OSHA requirement to take out the biggest and best live old-growth trees along roadways.
An OSHA loophole recently gave the FS the green light to log giant green trees
An OSHA loophole recently gave the FS the green light to log giant green trees
we counted over 50 green trees cut along roadsides in this area
we counted over 50 green trees cut along roadsides in this area
these partial cuts are outside of existing timber sale boundaries
these partial cuts are outside of existing timber sale boundaries
roadless old-growth forests going from Mikes Gulch sale to Oregon Overseas mill
roadless old-growth forests going from Mikes Gulch sale to Oregon Overseas mill
truck after truck enters Oregon Overseas filled with old-growth
truck after truck enters Oregon Overseas filled with old-growth
Mikes Gulch and Blackberry roadless logging sales exempted under the roadless victory ruling:

The photos below show some of the last remaining green forest in the North Fork Indigo watershed being hacked apart by loggers who are outside of actual logging units. This afront on our forests is being done under the Biscuit FEIS, the Forest Service maintains that no green trees will be cut but stumps don't lie and the green trees we photographed were still on the ground.

According to the FS, they now must log giant green trees along roads leading to timber sales, under so-called OSHA safety requirements. New training of the FS by OSHA officials apperently caused the shift from logging dead hazard trees along roadways to taking out the most valuable merchanable green trees. No one will ever know how much they logged up there exactly, as it is being covered up as to how much volume John West was rewarded, after he complained of not getting the volume out of the Mikes Gulch roadless sale, it is unknown how much of a profit he has made from the sale of green old-growth tree or how much volume was sent overseas. The FS has reportedly continued the processs of logging over the green forest which forms the only break between the massive clearcuts imposed on the small watershed. The cumalitive effects of hundreds of acres of clearcuts, numerous landslides, and hazard logging has greatly harmed the old-growth charachter of the area.

Old-growth logging in the Siskiyou National Forest can only occur during this time under excuses such as OSHA requirements and the so-called meadow restoration by clearcut.

The photos of logging trucks are coming from Mikes Gulch on the west side of Biscuit, and going to Oregon Overseas in Bandon, OR as shown below. Labels on the trucks leaving Oregon Overseas say smartwood FSC certified and there were no trucks seen entering the plant that were not old-growth giant trees. Over six log trucks were seen coming from Silver Creek's Mikes Gulch roadless sale that day alone. The FS has stated that logs coming from the Blackberry roadless logging sale are also going to Oregon Overseas and the Rough & Ready lumber Co.

Does anyone have any other information on Oregon Overseas? They are a booming company that is solely focused on old-growth milling, much like the Rough & Ready logging co. that just started buying BLM roadless sales. BLM does not recognize roadless areas and is planning to log them very soon.

ANYWAY 17.Dec.2006 11:32

TO STOP THESE BASTARDS?

Is there anyway to stop these bastards from raping the land? Phone calls we could make that would make any difference?

Listen To Dominick DellaSalla talk about the biscuit on the Round Up 17.Dec.2006 12:22

Lorax

Kboo Round Up

 http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2006/12/350743.shtml

Listen to the newsmakers from the past week. Speaking to the issues that affect you and your community. We will hear from

Dominick DellaSalla co founder and executive director of the national center for conservation science and policy in ashland speaks on national forest management and the bisquit complex misdirectives

RECON 17.Dec.2006 13:29

bug on the wall

Glad to see that someone ,( Justin ), has exposed the travesty that is - Oregon Overseas -.
I visited the site once a couple of years ago and found it to be somewhat secretive and well watched : when the logs are delivered on trucks they disappear to an invisible location , and the access road is posted with no trespassing sign as well as being watched by employees at a table overlooking the entrance to the road.
I just returned from the south coast where i witnessed many log trucks loaded with BIG GREEN TREES headed for Oregon Overseas ( just south of the town of Bandon )!
There have been rumors floating around for years that at Oregon Overseas ,
logs are routinely mislabled as certified because they demand a higher price with that lable.
THE PEOPLE OF OREGON , AND ITS ECOLOGY , ARE BEING RIPPED OFF BIG TIME ~!!!

find oregon businesses 18.Dec.2006 12:18

here


info on OOTC 18.Dec.2006 14:50

non

According to the city of Bandon it employs 50 people.

Nils and Rita Lau formed a domestic limited partnership company in 1984 called Oregon Overseas Timber Co and in 1986 they disolved it and in 1987 Nils and Allen Price formed a Domestic Business Corporation called Oregon Overseas Timber Co Incorporated.

They have filed every year with the state since then and were orignially registered in Coos and Curry Counties. The registry does not list counties for the newest business.

OREGON OVERSEAS TIMBER CO, INCORPORATED
Oregon business registry # 092105-84

PRINCIPAL PLACE OF BUSINESS:
87680 KEHL LANE
PO BOX 1701
BANDON OR 97411

since: 10-22-1987

PRESIDENT:
NILS LAU
PO BOX 88
LANGLOIS OR 97450

SECRETARY:
ALLEN W PRICE
PO BOX 1701
BANDON OR 97411

Office: 541-347-4419

Fax: 541-347-2113

email:  allenp@ootci.com

The FSC website lists them as"

"The following companies have FSC chain-of-custody certification and sell materials for the building market-such as lumber, flooring, windows, doors, etc. Contact the company directly to get a complete list of FSC-certified products available."

Apparently 'Uli' is their FSC lumber sales associate.

Oregon Forest Industry Directory Website  http://www.orforestdirectory.com/detail.php?company=306

lists:

Jim Curran, Manager
Phone: 541-347-4419
Log or Chip Buyer, Tom Forsman
Phone: 541-347-4419

Log Buying Preferences
Minimum Length: 20
Maximum Length: 40
Preferred Length: 40
Minimum Diameter: 26
Notes: high grade logs, old-growth culls
Big Logs This company purchases logs larger than 30 inches in diameter.

According to the Pacific Lumber Exporters Association (PLEA) and Softwood Export Council (SEC) (520 SW 6th Ave Suite 810, Portland Oregon, 97205)
at  http://www.softwood.org/plea/PLEA-1J.pdf

Oregon Overseas Deals mostly with Japan/East Asia, Australia/EastPacificIslands, as well as NorthernEurope
They can apparently speak Spanish, German, Italian, and French.

They are advertised at  http://www.bandon.com/webfront/merchants/merchantdetails.php?merchantid=173
as offering: PRODUCTS
~~~~~~~

Beams -- rough green; rough kiln-dried

Cants

Component stock

Lumber -- vertical grain in various grades, primarily tight

Lumber (kiln-dried)

Lumber (rough)


They are listed on WoodPlanet, a website for buying & selling wood products,

 http://www.woodplanet.com/company_dir/OregonOverseasTimberCoInc_15845.htm

as offering:

* boards, common
* boards, select
* fingerjoint stock

* ladder stock
* Kiln Dried, Surfaced Lumber
* Kiln Dried, Rough Lumber

* Dimension (2"-4")
* Softwood Boards


Oregon Overseas has ODF
category 'O' log brand numbers: 32248 and 32249

Silver Creek has:

Rough and Ready has ODF
category 'F' brand numbers of 16352,16353,16354,20414,20415,20416,20417
category 'K' brands of 16355,16356,16357,16968,16969,16970,20418,20419
category 'I' brands of 16967
category '4' brands of 20420
category '5' brands of 07350
category '2' brands of 07351


regarding exporting federal timber

It is illegal to export raw federal logs, it is illegal for a mill processing raw private logs for export to also handle federal logs for at least 12 months.
In addition it is illegal in the state of oregon to export raw state logs.


Current us law CFR Chp 3 620 a states

620a. Restrictions on exports of unprocessed timber originating from Federal lands

(a) Prohibition on export of unprocessed timber originating from Federal lands

No person who acquires unprocessed timber originating from Federal lands west of the 100th meridian in the contiguous 48 States may export such timber from the United States, or sell, trade, exchange, or otherwise convey such timber to any other person for the purpose of exporting such timber from the United States, unless such timber has been determined under subsection (b) of this section to be surplus to the needs of timber manufacturing facilities in the United States. (b) Surpluses

(1) Determinations by Secretary concerned

The prohibition contained in subsection (a) of this section shall not apply to specific quantities of grades and species of unprocessed timber originating from Federal lands which the Secretary concerned determines to be surplus to domestic manufacturing needs.

(2) Procedures

Any determination under paragraph (1) shall be made in regulations issued in accordance with section 553 of title 5. Any such determination shall be reviewed at least once in every 3-year period. The Secretary concerned shall publish notice of such review in the Federal Register, and shall give the public an opportunity to comment on such review.



Oregon law on timber exports:


629-031-0010

Criteria for Eligibility to Purchase State Timber or Logs

(1) In addition to all other requirements of law, a person may bid for state timber or logs originating from state lands if the person certifies in a form and manner specified by the State Forester that:

(a) The person will not directly or indirectly export unprocessed state timber or logs and

(b) Unless exempted by section (2) of this rule, the person has not directly or indirectly exported unprocessed timber from private lands in Oregon for a period of not less than 24 months prior to the date of submission of the bid; and

(c) The person will not sell, transfer, exchange or otherwise convey unprocessed state timber or logs to any other person without obtaining a certification from the person that meets the requirements of OAR 629-031-0030.

(d) The person shall not engage in export of unprocessed timber originating from private lands in Oregon until such time as all interests in contracts for state timber held by that person have terminated.

(2) Purchases of hardwood logs originating from state timber sales for domestic processing only may be made by persons otherwise ineligible to bid under (1)(b) above, provided they certify that:

(a) They have not directly or indirectly exported unprocessed hardwood timber from private lands in Oregon for at least 24 months.

(b) The hardwood logs shall be domestically processed.

(c) They will obtain a certification from any person to whom they sell, transfer, exchange or otherwise convey state hardwood logs that meets the requirements of OAR 629-30-030.

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