On June 19th and 20th The Wisconsin Council on Forestry will be holding its summer meeting in Ashland, Wisconsin. As part of the meeting we will be touring some Northern Wisconsin projects the Council has been involved in. The project areas will include the proposed mine site near Mellen, Wisconsin along with the Shared Landscape Initiative project, which is also near Mellen. From there we will head to Ashland for a presentation at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and then off to the view a deer exclosure project in Bayfield County. It will be a full two days but the council does not meet in the North very often so we want to take full advantage of the opportunity.
The Shared Landscape Initiative is a project geared toward climate change and global warming, a topic that typically generates a great deal of conversation. You may remember there were a couple of articles in the March TPA magazine discussing the issue. If that’s a topic you’re unsure of what position you agree with, here’s new term to add to the mix, Catastrophic Climate Destabilization (CCD).
As I was doing some research on another term called Eco Spiritualism (a topic I know little about yet) this new suggested replacement phase for global warming and climate change came up on the Universe Spirit website. An article on that website says more media, NGO’s, corporations and governments are abandoning the terms “global warming” and “climate change” and here’s why: The term climate change is too vague and conveys almost nothing of real importance in the current “climate crisis.” The term global warming, introduced in the 1970s, is also not accurate enough to describe the current climate condition humanity now faces.
Actually, I am not sure what was introduced in the ‘70s because I remember President Richard Nixon getting on television wearing a sweater and telling us we were going to run out of propane and natural gas; he declared a national emergency so we wouldn’t freeze to death. I guess that didn’t turn out to be too accurate did it? In light of the Boiler MACT rule from EPA, we’ve been hearing there is money available for older pulp and sawmills to switch from burning biomass to natural gas. Hardly seems like that idea would have any merit if there was a shortage of gas.
The article goes on to say that CCD is the new term of art because it defines more accurately what is already happening, and what will continue to happen with rising sea levels and storm surges from rising water levels.
Seems to me we were told recently that we’re in a long-term drought and that it will take years to regain the water levels that were present just a few years ago. The bottom line of the article is basically this, if we don’t take immediate action planet-wide, CCD is the perfect term for describing what will eventually be the reduction of the human population from 7 billion to several hundred million people, forced to live near the North and South Poles. If this is true, then the bright side would be that we humans, who are the cause for all of the disruption, have a smaller population by a few billion and should mitigate the problem, shouldn’t it?
The website has another link that gives 14 solutions as to how we can keep CCD under control. The first, is making sure everyone knows about the new term CCD and contacting government agencies to spend trillions of dollars for research to find out what the “tipping point” is for man’s destruction.
I suppose reference made to CCD by this article supports getting the word out, however, I can assure you the reason we bring this to your attention is not to scare the heck out of you, but to keep you informed of the next hurdle. The second solution on the link, and the real focus, is to quit burning coal immediately. I wonder if that has anything to do with why there may be grants available to put in gas-fired boilers? Doesn’t seem likely that we could be steered in a certain direction when it’s grant money doing it?
Not to confuse you by switching topics, but we felt the CCD topic should be compared to another project being implemented called the Fox River Heritage Parkway. If you Google “Heritage Parkways” you will find there have already been many established across the country. The proposed Fox Parkway is a two-mile-wide area, plus buffers, that extends 280 miles from Green Bay south to Prairie du Chien, includes over a million acres, and several thousand homes, paper mills and agricultural land.
From what we are told, the Friends of the Fox, an organization determined to be an advocate for the Upper and Lower Fox River System of Wisconsin, currently have about $364,000 of grant money to promote the project at the local level. When that money runs out, the corridor will be turned over to the National Park Service which raises two questions, 1. If the CCD issue is absolute, why is there so much time and money being expended to create more national parks? and 2. When is the last time you visited a national park with houses and industry within its borders?
Until next month,
Henry Schienebeck, Executive Director
Contact Henry at (715) 282-7988 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Henry Schienebeck is the Executive Director of the Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association (GLTPA), which is headquartered in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and represents over 1000 timber industry professionals in Wisconsin and Michigan. He is also the Editor for the Great Lakes TPA magazine. Henry’s understanding of industry issues comes from 37 years in the forest products industry as an owner/operator of a trucking business and a logging operation. For more information please contact Henry at 715-282-5828 or email@example.com.