A better choice might be to rebuild Civic using lumber from second-growth timber
, of which there is a bountiful local supply.
One of the bigger developments occurred in May 2010, when the Forest Service pledged to move beyond old-growth logging and start managing Tongass for second-growth timber
, begin restoring watersheds impacted by logging and support job creation in fishing, renewable energy, ariculture and tourism.
For example, a stand that contains 60 BFI of harvestable redwood timber may only contain 40 BFI of old-growth redwood, both uncut and residual, the remainder consisting of second-growth timber
These laminated beams, marketed under the name Bohemia Glulam, offer the spans and strength characteristics of old-growth beams, but are made completely from second-growth timber
Although secondary forest products remain on the fringes of the timber economy, the Maters note that lumber workers once thought there was no money in second-growth timber
International Paper sold its timberland to Roseburg in 1996), Iron Horse Logging of Florence, had clear-cut about 50 acres of nice second-growth timber
right in the middle of what once was "the burn.
One hundred thousand acres of harvestable second-growth timber
, to be exact.
From the 1960s to 1986, its extensive second-growth timber
had been clearcut in 40-acre blocks for conversion to pine.
Handy strongly opposes a plan being proposed by three of the state's congressmen, Democrats Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader and Republican Greg Walden, that would increase logging on second-growth timber
stands on Bureau of Land Management property while protecting remaining old growth.
Industry was increasingly turning to the national forests for the timber to supply the mills until their replanted, second-growth timber
is large enough to harvest.
The fire broke out a week ago Friday in steep terrain and second-growth timber
about 40 miles southeast of Roseburg.