Back to Basics
New book focuses on
economically and environmentally sound forest jobs in the Pacific Northwest
Jack Desmond has written a comprehensive guide to creating economically and
environmentally sound jobs in the Pacific Northwest that utilize the forests.
Back to Basics, comprised of 13 chapters, lays out a convincing, common sense
plan on how to rejuvenate forestlands and communities throughout the region.
Desmond takes the reader through six steps to Economic Strength:
1. The U.S. and the Pacific
Northwest have a “lack of good jobs” economic recovery.
2. Global outsourcing is one of
the factors for the loss of good jobs.
3. 78 percent of the Forest
Service lands in Oregon and Washington are at moderate to high risk from
4. Suppression of wildfires has
exceeded $1.5 billion in costs in 2000 and 2002 for the federal government
itself with signs that future suppression costs will increase.
5. The U.S. could sell excess
small trees on our public lands to reduce the fuels accumulation. The federal
government would earn money to pay for more fuel reduction work.
6. Companies and government
agencies could hire Americans to work to reduce the fuel buildup and process the
wood through mills. We could produce ethanol to power our vehicles and reduce
our dependence on Middle East and other foreign oil imports. We would also
produce more lumber to reduce our dependence for 30 percent of our supply from
other countries. Wildfires would be eventually reduced. We could build up
forests to store excess carbon dioxide to combat global warming.
“We can choose to embrace our
forests and to create an economy based upon our unique natural resources of the
Pacific Northwest,” says Desmond. This book is a must read for anyone interested
in the restoration of healthy forests and communities in the Pacific Northwest.
The cover price for Back to Basics is $15.95. For information on ordering, log
on to www.forestryfinancial.com.
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