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Mapping changing place names

As of today, this map of Humboldt County’s largest landowners is out of date (unless you count the Simpson/Green Diamond name change).

The Pacific Lumber Company is kaput and, barring any successful appeal or other legal gymnastics, will be absorbed by Mendocino Redwoods Company.

The map comes from Rare-Earth News, a blog focused on California growth and development. Click to enlarge.

During bankruptcy proceedings, MeRC called the new company it would create from the ashes of Pacific Lumber “Newco.” The moniker was just a placeholder, MeRC chairman Sandy Dean told town hall goers.

Scotia millWhat will MeRC name this new company? Will it replace the iconic letters on the mill? These are petty questions compared to what’s at stake. The changes sweeping Humboldt County are far-reaching. No wonder a certain someone is flipping out.

The days of this familiar view from Hwy 101 may be numbered.

Aside from the above, there are questions of substance. Does Frank Bacik still have a job? Is George O’Brien packing his bags? Is Jeff Barrett updating his resume?

  1. the last stone
    June 7, 2008 at 12:09 am

    Sweeping indeed. MeRC in the PL offices. FSC certification of Scopac timberlands on the horizon. Lovelace on the Board of Supes. The Rodoni campaign in ashes looking for an end-run around prescribed electoral procedures…

    Curiouser and curiouser… I suspect this week will be remembered on several counts both inside and outside of Humboldt.

  2. anonymous
    June 7, 2008 at 1:34 am

    town hall link not working

  3. Anonymous
    June 7, 2008 at 1:50 am

    The Rodoni campaign in ashes looking for an end-run around prescribed electoral procedures…

    People lying because it’s expedient.

  4. June 7, 2008 at 8:26 am

    town hall link not working

    Fixed it, thanks.

  5. gulo gordo
    June 7, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    According to Driscoll, who seems to have the details, it’s not Mendocino Redwoods but Marathon that takes over Scotia. And sounds like there may be yet another shoe or two to drop yet before the deal is really sealed.

  6. the last stone
    June 7, 2008 at 12:40 pm

    True enough GG. Nevertheless the potential for a significant shift in county politics is palpable.

    Technically the proposal is for Marathon/MRC to form a new company — NewCo in the court docs. Maybe a naming contest for NewCo would be interesting….

  7. Anonymous
    June 7, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    I know Jeff Barrett, and he is an awesome guy. He’s honest and a straight shooter. He’s one of the few guys in Palco that you could talk to and actually believe. His expertise and knowledge of the details of the HCP/SYP is invaluable. He would be an asset for MFP to hang onto.

  8. June 7, 2008 at 1:28 pm

    Jeff Barrett thinks flooding is caused by blackberry bushes. McMarathon can do better.

  9. Not A Native
    June 7, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    Gee, The new owners haven’t yet taken possession and the jockeying for position is beginning. As always, when a power shakeup happens, some bow and scrape, looking to curry favor not hesitating to point fingers to do it.

    Settling old scores and fluffing up the “good” people and spotlighting the “bad”. Is the example of the Iraq meltdown not clear? Internecine strife is the social force that enables colonialism and tyranny. Let these Palco individuals speak up for themselves and create their own impressions, good or bad, with the new owners. Right now, timber extraction in Humboldt is hanging by a thread.

    There’s plenty of uncertainty and anxiety within Palco. Why exacerbate it with gossip and innuendo by calling for a “night of long knives”, or “vindication of the oppressed”? Instead, its high time to display the “Spirit of the North Coast” which presumably encompasses tolerance, plain talk, magnanimity, sincerity, and keeping promises made. Or does it? You tell me. Remember, I’m “not a native”.

  10. June 7, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    The circumstances that brought us to the death and new birth of Pacific Lumber were forwarded by certain local individuals who’ve spoken plenty (and were paid mightily). Is this a time of change for something better or more of the same?

  11. the last stone
    June 7, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Right now, timber extraction in Humboldt is hanging by a thread. There’s plenty of uncertainty and anxiety within Palco.

    This is very much on point. Even with MeRC’s experience in the redwood industry and their access to markets they will likely have difficulty keeping employment levels up through the coming (current?) recession. They’ll have two mills running one shift each within 150 miles of each other. If the recession and the cut backs in home equity loans hit hard enough to seriously impact redwood prices this year…

    So, I don’t blame PL employees for being nervous. It doesn’t matter who takes over the mill or the forestland it’s going to be a tight few years. Especially if you are postponing harvest levels to rebuild inventory and future harvests it makes little sense to sell your growth into a slumping market.

    Still, MeRC is likely the best bet PL employees have for rebuilding reasonably stable employment levels at the Scotia mill and the Humboldt timber industry in general.

    Here’s hoping there’s hoping MeRC is granted a hiatus in local hostilities while we see what they will be able to accomplish and how willing they are to work with local concerns — from keeping the mill open, to purchasing logs from nearby landowners at fair prices, to honoring an acceptable policy on cutting old growth.

  12. John Doe 86
    June 8, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I believed Jeff Barret when he said that PL was looking to get out of the old-growth business (translation: log the rest asap) and focus primarily on second growth (log the rest asap).

    While I’m ecstatic that Hurwitz is out, I’m waiting to judge MRC based on their actions and not on their claims.

    I’m hoping MRC cans Barret, Bettis and Bacik. These three upper level hierarchs (Scopac VP, Scopac land manager, and PL VP/Lawyer, respectively) implemented and aided Hurwitz’s liquidation of PL with a distinct animosity towards the forest, flooded out residents and forest defenders alike.

  13. Get a clue 86
    June 8, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    MRC would be wise to keep Barrett, Bettis and Bacik. Look at the facts John Doe. The harvest has come down by 1/2 under Dr. Barrett’s tenure and he is one of the most knowlegeable and straightforward people in management at the company. I can only guess that Rich Bettis caught you trespassing or growing dope on the timberlands and that’s why you harbor resentment against him. He knows the land better than anyone else and has good relations with many of the adjoining landowners. These are things that some new guy can’t understand until they’ve had years on the job. Frank Bacik is both a good person and a good attorney, quailities that are often not found together. If they don’t keep him, he’ll have no problem finding someone else who values his talents.

  14. June 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm

    There are plenty of crooked corporations that would welcome the shameless, dishonest services of Frank Bacik.

  15. June 8, 2008 at 9:54 pm

    Get a Clue, indeed. The only reason the harvest rate “came down by 1/2” under Barrett’s tenure was because that’s what happens at the tail end of a liquidation plan. They are on track as planned in the Maxxam takeover since the late 80s. First the drastically ramped-up cut rate (and job increases, and siltation, and flooding, and battles with neighbors and regulators), then the ramped down rate (and related layoffs) as the old-growth runs out, pretty much exactly as planned and predicted in their own documents. Crediting Barrett with the cut rate ramp-down is just plain silly.

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