Boise Cascade Corporation and their chilean partner Italo Zunino want to install in Chile's Lake District the bigges OSB and wood chip processing plant in the wold soon. The Lake District is based mainly on tourism and salmon farming. We have many lakes and rivers that depend directly on the Native forests that we have. This Cascada Chile Proyect wants to cut
5,000 hectars of native wood per year to sustain their
manufacturing plant. There are people from our actual government involved in this proyect, going from our former chilean President Patricio Aylwin to our actual Chilean President Eduardo Frei who's closest buddy is Italo Zunino, the Chilean partner of Boise Cascade Corp. This Cascada Chile Proyect is going to give 200 direct jobs in the plant and 1,500 to 2,000 indirect jobs to the people that will provide the wood they need. Only in the tourism business in this region there are 50.000 people related to it. So my question is simple...What is going to happen to us and our families in the near future when the trees are not going to be here anymore? Who is going to come here to visit a bare region?...What about the quality of the water of our many lakes and rivers? Who's going to assume the responsability when the climate and erosion will change this region? What will we say to our children? They deserve a future...
We will manage you forests like we do ours in the U.S. They will be selectively harvested, and replanted, and you will barely notice. In fact you will probably notice a considerable change in the health of the forest as the the trees are thinned, and are less succeptible to insects and disease.
Quit whining, and do some research! Take a trip, and see what BCC does with the forests. You will find that your fears are unfounded.