Weyerhaeuser is buying the WA State Lands Commissioner office ($100,000 donation today)

The timber industry is attempting to buy, outright, the Washington State Commissioner of Lands office -- the government office that oversees their activities. From a message from the Peter Goldmark for Lands Commissioner campaign:
"A political action committee supported solely by the forest products industry to support the incumbent Republican Lands Commissioner Doug Sutherland received another $100,000 check from the Weyerhaeuser Corporation yesterday, bringing total funds to $500,000.  In 2004, the same committee spent $300,000 in support of Sutherland."
Here's video footage from the Goldmark campaign showing what Weyerhaueser, with Sutherland's collusion, is responsible for in Lewis County:

In the recent primary, Peter Goldmark came the closest of any statewide candidate of winning over an incumbent.  Goldmark is a rancher, scientist, Washington State University Regent, co-founder of Farming and the Environment, and former director of Washington State Department of Agriculture.  From an interview that Rob Holland and I did with him in 2006:

""The Okanogan Valley has become impoverished. I've been sitting on the school board for eight years. I've seen enrollment decline as families move away. I've seen orchards torn out and logging curtailed. I've seen farms going out of business. We have been languishing.

"We need a better America and we need it now. We need people, not lobbyists, to be important. The greed and corruption of Congress is shameful. We need a sensible energy policy. We can no longer allow Big Oil to dictate to us."

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that is what I often tell people when they ask me where I live.  I tell them I live in Pacific County, the Weyerhauser tree county, not highly populated with people and few towns.  Lewis County, our neighboring county is another Weyerhauser county, short of the I-5 corridor cities.  The video portraying the logging that stripped the hills naked, exposing the 'people' who do populate the county to the huge flooding at the last December hurricane we had tells it's own story.  

Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out once you see the hills stripped bare.  

On the Hwy 101 route from where we live in Pacific County to another neighboring county, Grays Harbor, we see more and more of those hills being logged and stripped bare.  I cry out every time I see a new area logged.  It leaves behind a ragged, bare and desolate place.  

I know the counties have an 'understanding' with Weyerhauser and I know in the past those logged areas were replaced with new tree farm growth.  But something has changed and now it seems like we see more logging, more naked and stripped spaces.  

I had heard or read that President Bush gave permission for more timbering and logging.  Or at least these days whenever we see another freshly logged site, naked, bare, ugly and desolate, I am unkindly reminded of this Presidency, this Administration, and Republican dominated policies that are damaging, life draining and far from life-giving.  

On the Surge in Iraq "--we have set the bar so low it's buried in the sand at this point." - Barack Obama

by Lietta Ruger on Fri Sep 12, 2008 at 11:01:42 AM PST

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