Re: Logging in Scout Camps
Norman MacLeod (gaelwolf@DMV.COM)
Thu, 1 May 1997 08:45:24 +0000
Steve (and anyone else in similar situations) -
There are times when using SOME trees as a harvest for funds MAY be
appropriate. The way this is accomplished, though, is what seems to be
the central issue here.
Please be fully aware that a timber harvesting contract can be written
any way the land owner wishes it to be. Your Scout Reservation was
evidently the victim of very poor contracting behaviour on the part of
your Council office.
The Council COULD have had the harvesting contract written requiring the
harvester to obtain the trees with almost no damage to the surrounding
forest, and COULD have required the harvester to clean up EVERY bit of
the tree. They COULD have insisted that the harvest site be returned to
something very close to its original condition (minus the tree
harvested, of course). If the trees in question are as valuable as
indicated, any timber harvester worth his or her salt would comply with
such a contract.
There are harvesters who will even still use horses to skid the logs out
of the forest, using existing trails. This causes a lot less damage than
today's wheeled or tracked skidders.
There ARE alternatives to doing business with the low bidder.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City