February 5, 2023

Madison Paper Mill Shuts Down. What Will The Repercussions Be?

Now that the world lives in and has ignorantly embraced a global economy, run by globalists, in what George H.W. Bush called, “…a big idea. A New World Order,” people are now scratching their heads and asking why are there no jobs? Why have the jobs gone out of this country?

Maine has announced that with the Madison Mill closure, 9 paper mills in the state have shut down in the past decade.

The Professional Logging Contractors of Maine are seeking help from the Legislature. What can they do as they probably have already contributed to the demise?

If there are no more mills left in Maine that will take the spruce and fir pulp – Madison is the last – then what is to become of the forests? Will the land that once was securely managed for pulp and paper become private, developed land?

Recently it was announced that Weyerhaeuser bought out Plum Creek, comprising some 13 million acres of land and forests. Did Weyerhaeuser know Madison mill was shutting down? Many believed, with Plum Creek’s reputation for land development, the sale was a good thing. What now?

The possibility exists, with a continued push to rid our lands from human use and consumption, that as more mills are shut down, the landscape will certainly change – in more ways that anyone can imagine. But how? Who will win and who will lose. What of the animals? If the cutting stops, will the moose herd disappear, along with an already sparse deer herd? Will the Canada lynx migrate back north because the snowshoe hare has disappeared along with their ideal habitat? What about the upcoming, predicted spruce bud-worm attack? Will there be reason to fight it? Who will pay to fight it and will there be reason to want to fight it?

I guess this is what the people love – PROGRESS!

*Edited* – I was reminded by a reader when they asked what these events will mean for Roxanne Quimby’s quest for a National Park/Monument. With such events taking place, and timing of events like this are tantamount, one has to wonder what has been going on behind the scenes and in those dark, smelly, rotten back rooms where nothing good ever comes?




Deal Completion: Weyerhaeuser Acquires Plum Creek For $8.4 Billion

This week, Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) completed its acquisition of Plum Creek Timber Co. (NYSE:PCL) and is now known as a $23 billion timber REIT that holds the largest private ownership of timberland in the U.S. with assets adding up to more than 13 million acres. The agreement to merge was announced this past November and was given a “thumbs up” by rating agencies, according to Commercial Property Executive.

Source: Deal Completion: Weyerhaeuser Acquires Plum Creek For $8.4 Billion – Weyerhaeuser Co. (NYSE:WY) | Seeking Alpha


LePage’s bond freeze jeopardizes the economy of Somerset County

LepageMess*Editor’s Note* – Perhaps all is not lost in this effort to convince Governor LePage to change his mind. It seems that from the author of this piece, any hopes of anything worthwhile lies in the lap of Plum Creek and the deal that was struck for the Cold Stream project. It seems that Plum Creek negotiated this deal while in the midst of negotiating a deal with Weyerhaeuser. Does this mean Weyerhaeuser automatically drops the deal? Why would they? What is the reason that Plum Creek worked on this deal? Public relations might be a big reason. If Weyerhaeuser is buying up land and moving into Maine for the first time, perhaps in their effort to start off on the right foot, would be willing to propose an even better deal for the Maine people.

I know the old saying of “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t.” I wonder though if anyone involved in the negotiations with Plum Creek on the Cold Stream project, has made an attempt to contact Weyerhaueser to begin talks?

It seems that it is a better deal to sew up this agreement before the sale to Weyerhaueser, but if it doesn’t, better things might be ahead.

But, if it’s strictly about The Forks’ economy, and the author tells us that Weyerhaueser historically sells hunting leases (which can be big money), then the big money might come to the Big Woods. Then, businesses will have their dollars and the Maine sportsmen will be just plain hung out to dry.

“The Department of Conservation and the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife shall take a proactive approach to pursuing land conservation projects that include significant wildlife habitat conservation, including conservation of deer wintering areas.”

As a direct result of this new law, the Cold Stream Project, one of the greatest conservation projects of my lifetime, was developed and proposed for the West Forks region. Working with Plum Creek and the Trust for Public Land, the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry negotiated a deal that would sell 8,153 acres of critical wildlife habitat to the state, including 3,000 acres of prime deer wintering habitat, 30 miles of trout spawning streams and nine undeveloped ponds. This gem surrounds West Forks and would forever be managed for wildlife and guaranteed traditional public access.

Then, last year, Gov. Paul LePage announced that he would hold hostage Cold Stream and more than 30 other approved Land for Maine’s Future projects, representing more than $10 million in conservation bonds approved by voters, until the Legislature agreed to allow more aggressive cutting on public lands and until they appropriated $5 million generated from cutting trees to pay for his new, still undefined, home heating program.

Source: LePage’s bond freeze jeopardizes the economy of Somerset County – Central Maine