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Unlike SPI, enviros are blinded by money

The larger problem is the disease of money. In truth, what the environmental community has become is a money machine.

This statement printed on the front page of the Bee 4/22/01 validated what I have thought for several years. The environmental movement has lost its grass roots beginnings and has become much like the rest of corporate American that it regularly demonizes.

Here in Nevada County, the tidal wave of cash from Environment, Inc. has corrupted many activists who now receive paychecks and financial compensation for their efforts, effectively turning them into corporate lobbyists.

They have found it easy to stop a logging sale or thinning operation, but are unable to cope with the wildfire issue that destroys ever larger chunks of our national forest every year.

Sierra Pacific Industries (SPI), the largest private landowner in Nevada County, operates a sustainable tree harvest operation spread across 48,000 acres of Nevada County forestlands.

This company is now the primary target of the Nevada County arm of Environment, Inc. The demonization program perfected from years of interfering with thinning projects on public lands has been unleashed on SPI.

SPI has been good for Nevada County. The jobs, millions of dollars in tax money and most importantly their constant thinning of the forest has actually led to a more healthy ecosystem than the surrounding public lands now “protected” from thinning by our local environmental lobbyists.

As with most mature movements, the Nevada County anti-logging/thinning lobby is now in a position that is doing more damage to our forests than they are helping. We must thin our forests to save them from being destroyed by wildfire. We can help stop the destruction of dismissing the selective science facts out of context and general smear campaign that is being waged against logging and thinning on public and private lands. It is up to you to help our land managers and elected officials find the courage to do the environmentally prudent thing and allow the thinning of the forest to happen.

Scott Denham


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