Boise cascade Corporation and their chilean partner Italo Zunino want to instal in Chile's Lake District the biggest 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 want to cut
5,000 hectars of native wood per year to sustain their
manufacturing plant. There are people form 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 there 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...
I don't like Boise Cascade either, but you had better get your facts correct about OSB mills. These mills are non-polluting and are situated around numerous enviromentally sensitive sites around the world already, with no ill effects. Also, mills in N.A. have also worked well in conjunction with tourism as these mills do not spew out plumes of smoke or liquid effluent like a pulp mill. Also, trees to be used in this mill are decayed native species that currently do not have any economic use. Also, the region X has a problem of overuse of firewood. If you are concerned about air quality and forest elimination, you should focus on reduction in firewood as a heating source, and look for safer and cleaner alternatives. It must also be noted that N.A. companies that develop mills offshore and sell the final product back into the U.S. must abide by EPA guidelines, which I must say are tough. Two things are guaranteed from this mill: one, is new high quality jobs, and two, the degraded forests will be harvested and trees will be replanted, and the cycle will continue(this is happening worldwide, so either get on the bus or go for a walk) As for the port, look at coastal communities in N.A.and the amount of fish farms that are along side or near major ports. These fish farms thrive, so again either push Chile into a backwater again or have it move forward to the 21st century. I say all of this irrespective of the fact that Boise is an arrogant, bureaucratic company, but it does know how to run a mill that is environmentally sound.