The previous posting was titled, "Low Standards Come from Higher Places." Now the County Commissioners, at the behest of the Charter Review Commission, want to explore the possibility of taking back some more local control in setting low standards...
time for Clallam County to take a good, hard look at how its forests are being
managed, county commissioners say. The
three-member board plans to grant a request from the Charter Review Commission
to form a trust lands advisory committee to study the forces that influence
timber harvests and the possibility of reconveyance from state management back
to the county.
going to be putting our foot on the accelerator in getting the committee
established in the proper way and get them underway so that they can do their
work,” said board Chairman Jim McEntire, who also serves on the state Board of
that DNR was authorized to sell but didn’t sell is known as arrearage. According
to DNR numbers, the Olympic region had 247 million board feet of arrearage from
2004 to 2014. That’s enough wood to keep any one of the shuttered West End
mills running for years, Forks City Attorney and Planner Rod Fleck has said.
Bill Peach, a retired Rayonier forest manager, said the recent closure of the
Allen Logging Co. mill south of Forks, coupled with the closure of the Interfor
mills in Beaver and Forks and the Green Creek Wood Products mill in Port
Angeles, represents the loss of about 300 jobs.
said he hopes the subcommittee will answer the question of why the arrearage is
officials have said staff shortages, legal challenges and the protection of the
threatened marbled murrelet have contributed to a statewide arrearage since the
last sustainable harvest calculations were made in 2004.
sits on an arrearage subcommittee of the influential state Board of Natural
Resources. He said the DNR will be making “very significant, even momentous”
decisions on arrearage and the marbled murrelet in the coming year.
Mike Chapman, the dean of the board with nearly 15 years’ experience, said the
county has spent millions of dollars on salmon recovery, water issues, land-use
planning, social services, tourism and infrastructure but “virtually nothing in
support for the timber industry. So
the county’s been derelict in our duty, in my opinion, over the last 15 years
in looking at the issue of timber harvest.”
got a tremendous asset base here in this county and others...(with) a potential to provide a renewable, constant stream of
revenue that offsets the need for property taxes, sales taxes, a plethora of
other revenue sources,” McEntire said. “So
let’s go get it.”
So let's first ponder the fiscal sanity and stability, in general, of the existing board of County Commissioners. Have they been good and thoughtful and forward-thinking stewards of the tax dollars in their care? Do you trust their fiscal judgment? Their honesty?
Second, let's look at those County Commissioners individually, shall we? First (at the trough) and foremost (with the money grabs) is Dim King Jim, who never met a dollar he didn't want to take home, no matter who it belonged to. This kind of move allows him to, at the very least, play up to his very debased base, which helps in future elections. If he were actually able to bring home this kind of bacon, and follow through with the tax cuts he speaks of here, well that's right wing pandering Heaven, isn't it? And if he were able to help push this kind of thing through at a State level, well gosh, that would give him all sorts of new friends that could help in future elections, too - especially for higher offices.
Then we've got Commissioner Bill Peach, retired from Rayonier's logging division...Hmmm...Think he's got an unbiased view on this issue? Hmmm...Think he still has any connections at his old company? Hmmm...Think he should recuse himself from this sort of discussion? Ha!
And finally, we've got good ol' boy and senior Commissioner Mike Chapman, who points out that the Commissioners, including himself, have been "derelict in their duty" on this issue. While that may be true, it's not exactly the kind of statement that inspires confidence. If you 've been checked out for 15 years, Mike, I don't have much faith in your ability to look, think and/or plan ahead on this, or any issue. You're filling a chair, and padding your resume and bank account, and that's about it. You're not even an ambitious scoundrel like Dim King Jim. No, you're content to fill a chair, and occasionally admit to your own shortcomings, then go back to sleep.
So again...Do you trust these guys with your money? Do you trust them to make informed, unbiased decisions? Do you trust them to be environmental stewards? Is this trio of nitwits capable of any one of these things, yet alone linking them all together to make an informed, fiscally and environmentally sound decision on anything?
And what are we to make of the Charter Review Commission's 10-4 vote to send this issue along to the Commissioners? Is logging really both the past and the future for Clallam County? Or is that group closer to the Charter Rewind Commission, hoping against hope to bring back the "glory days"?