Re: Logging costs taxpayers $1.2 billion a year

John Reindl (
Fri, 16 Apr 1999 17:53:53 -0600

Besides the federal logging programs, I believe that the state
subsidies to forestry may be even greater.

For example, here in Wisconsin, an analysis of just two of our
forestry subsidy programs suggests a cost of around $100 million
a year. Other programs have not yet been examined and the
costs to taxpayers may be significantly greater. Wisconsin has just
2% of the US population. If we multiply our $100 million by 50, the
state subsidies could come to some $5 billion more a year for

John Reindl, Recycling Manager
Dane County, WI

> [From the Environmental News Network:]
> Logging costs taxpayers $1.2 billion a year
> The federal logging program costs taxpayers more than $1.2 billion
> a year, according to a report released Tuesday by the John Muir
> Project, an activist group affiliated with the Earth Island
> Institute. The report was released in conjunction with the
> re-introduction of the National Forest Protection and Restoration
> Act by Representatives Cynthia McKinney, R-Ga., and Jim Leach,
> R-Iowa. If passed, the act would bring an end to logging on
> national forests and redirect logging subsidies into worker
> retraining, ecological restoration and taxpayer savings.
> Full Story:
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