The Economic Reality of Salvage Logging


They Predicted Job Creation...
When he was promoting the passage of the salvage logging rider last summer, Congressman Taylor (R-NC) claimed that the rider would "create approximately 22,900 direct and indirect forest product industry jobs."

...But What REALLY Happened?
An analysis of total timber industry jobs in the major salvage logging states (OR, WA, ID, MT, and CA, which provided 87% of the salvage receipts for 1992 -1994) showed no increase in jobs since the 1995 passage of the salvage rider. By Congressman Taylor's account, these states should have had an extra 20,000 jobs. But they show little net change.

They Predicted Increased Revenue...
Taylor expected the new jobs would generate an extra $150,000,000 to the Treasury in the form of federal taxes paid by new workers.

... But What REALLY Happened?
With no change in the total number of workers, an increased tax revenue to the Federal Treasury will not occur.

You Pay Not Once but THREE TIMES, as a Result of Salvage Logging

1. You Pay for the Cutting

Salvage Sales Add to the National Debt
Revenue from Salvage Logging Will NOT Go to the U.S. Treasury
Hidden Costs of Roadbuilding and "Research"

2. You Pay for Replanting

Regeneration Costs

3. You Pay for Ecological Damage and Other Hidden Costs

Why are the Public Land Timber Sales so Frequently "Below Cost?"
Most taxpayers are unaware that salvage logging, in addition to degrading our public lands under the banner of "health crisis," is also a drain on everyone's wallet. Taxpayers are subsidizing logging on federal land because timber companies are not responsible for any indirect (hidden) costs associated with their cutting, so the onus rests on the national and local public to pay. Some of the reasons costs are overlooked include:

Now how about some Ecological Facts.

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