A new book by Jim Birkemeier Copyright 2015 by Spring Green Timber Growers, LLC
Forestry Insider calls on the Forestry Profession to Return to its Ethics
Jim Birkemeier – a professional forester with 4 decades of experience in all aspects of the global timber industry and forestry profession – is blowing the whistle in his new book – Phony Phorestry. As an insider Birkemeier confronts what has become business as usual - as unacceptable and in need of major immediate changes. Conflicts of Interest and ongoing corruption have become normal in this secretive business, he writes.
Wisconsin may well be the worst State and the focus of his criticisms, but the problems are quite global in nature in today’s timber industry.
First and foremost Birkemeier blasts the system where government foresters retire, then go into business as “consulting foresters” – using their insider information and former position to take personal advantage of landowners and their forests. The worst timber rip offs and forest rapes he has seen were planned and administered by retired DNR foresters. Current leadership ignores the complaints and covers up the practice, protecting the corrupt system for their own time of retirement.
Any consulting forester who is paid on commission for marking and selling timber for landowners has a blatant conflict of interest.
A forester who works as a Timber Buyer also has conflicts of interest that ignore the Ethics a forester must follow.
Foresters tell landowners that only a professional forester can manage timber – a college degree is required! No dairy farmer, corn farmer, wheat farmer would put up with that!
Foresters legitimize and support industrial logging and call it sustainable forestry – even certified
Foresters ignore the ongoing illegal logging and fraudulent timber buying that continues to degrade our remaining natural forests.
Foresters tell landowners that the low market price for timber is acceptable and is sustainable.
Foresters force landowners to accept that industrial logging is the only choice and block any and all alternatives.
Foresters participate in the exporting of our best logs and lumber right now for short term greed - also exporting our jobs.
Foresters allow and accept and participate in the ongoing destruction of our forests by industry around the world.
Foresters protect their own jobs and salary at the expense of the landowner and the forest and local community and the taxpayers.
(Google Society of American Foresters Code of Ethics for the details on what we say we do)
Birkemeier is a forest owner, skilled logger, sawmill owner, and woodworker. He does not criticize loggers or sawmills as long as they are honest about their actions. He objects strongly when short term greed and taking of timber is called sound forestry, sustainable forestry, or certified forestry.
Birkemeier has developed an alternative timber market system, promoting using locally grown and manufactured forest products. He teaches other landowners common sense forest management that can quadruple the annual growth of a forest – compared to industrial logging. His other books, Full Vigor Forestry, Full Value Forestry, Good Local Wood, and Solar Cycle Lumber Dry Kilns tell the complete story of small business using local trees to support the community and create good jobs.
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