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JEFF BARRETT: Forester? Yeah, right!

jeff_barrett-1Speaking of former Maxxam minions and where-are-they-now, the California Board of Forestry has made a mockery of itself by christening ex-Scotia Pacific honcho Jeff Barrett as Registered Professional Forester No. 2896.

Scotia Pacific suffered the same bankruptcy and dissolution as Pacific Lumber after years of liquidation logging toppled the timber giant.  Such practices were rigorously defended by Barrett and fellow Maxxam apologist Steve Horner.

Barrett and Horner loathe California’s logging regulations.  So it’s side-splittingly hilarious to read the BOF’s toothless promise that Foresters “shall protect the public trust through the regulation of those individuals who are licensed to practice the profession of forestry.”

But we in Humboldt County know that “shall” means “maybe.”

Following the Palco/Scopac downfall, we wondered if Barrett was updating his resume.  And so he was.

A recent job application has him boasting the ability to squeeze every dollar out of corporate clear-cuts by “increase[ing] revenues per unit of harvest by about 15%.”  Such maneuvers “helped delay the bankruptcy,” he said, but “could not prevent it.”

Not surprisingly, Barrett’s science cred usually comes with quotation marks to denote the laughability of the term when applied to him.  As noted by local resident David Simpson who observed the bankruptcy proceedings in Texas:

Jeff Barrett, PL’s Vice President and chief ‘scientist’ testified next…He was eminently polite and managed to escape with a shred of his dignity still in tact.

Simpson added that Barrett’s “science had often been impugned.”

Barrett was named as vice president of Maxxam subsidiary Scotia Pacific on April Fools Day 2005.  Too bad the joke was on Humboldt County.

  1. Voter
    March 26, 2009 at 1:01 am

    wow! what does a guy with a PhD in fisheries need to do to get a forester’s license? pass the bar exam? seems like there are more attorneys working for timber companies than foresters these days. sad state of affairs. he must be a pretty iffy biologist!

  2. HumCPR Supporter
    March 26, 2009 at 6:25 am

    Well, Heraldo(s) your irrational hatred is showing, let me see… Arkley, Maxxam, …… Oh, my. Seek counseling, both of you.

  3. 421
    March 26, 2009 at 6:55 am

    palco is dead, let it gooooo……….

  4. Ed
    March 26, 2009 at 7:16 am

    Good work Heraldo, please keep exposing the pillagers.

  5. Elephant Never Forgets
    March 26, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Yes– PL is dead and so is the fisheries in the Van Duzen, the Elk River and a number of other local watersheds, not to mention the future of Scotia and everyone who works/worked for the old PL.

    Barret and the rest of the “management” are the individuals responsible for this state of affairs. They should all be held to account for their actions.

    It is simple– the sociopathic greed of a few is the cause of our nations current state of weakness and dissolution and it is the cause of the downfall of PL.

    We keep track of sex offenders and other convicted perverts. It is a safety measure to protect our communities. So is this post.

    Thanks Heraldo! Keep up the good work.

  6. OffTheRez
    March 26, 2009 at 8:05 am

    I was in a debate with a forester a few years back that didn’t even know what photosynthesis was. I think they give that title out fairly easily you just have to memorize a few things. Clear cuts are best possible management, fish like silt, herbicides only kill plants and fat profits are the only value of a forest ecosystem.
    Tom Waltz is on the Board of Forestry, OMG, water does flow up hill.

  7. Ed
    March 26, 2009 at 8:38 am

    The sad irony is this post will probably help RPF #2896 land a nice position for yet another greedhead.

  8. Voter
    March 26, 2009 at 8:45 am

    yeah, MAXXAM is dead, I”m NONE of the people who helped Hurwitz do what he did to this county will EVER do anything like THAT again.

    Well, we know for sure john Campbell won’t!

  9. Elephant Never Forgets
    March 26, 2009 at 8:46 am

    That is true Ed, but Barrett’s variety of corporate lowlife was already destined to find a home among the other like slime molds of the world anyway. At least this way there is a means of providing some warning for the next unfortunate community that is saddled with him.

    The devil you know (or can find out about), etc.

  10. anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Maxxam was evil, but the extremist environmentalists who blocked every logging plan that Palco put forward regardless of the circumstances are just as evil. While maxxam is gone from Humboldt, we are still held hostage to the enviro-extremists who still run the Humboldt gulag. It’s No to the Arkley Center, No to rebuilding the railroad, No to widening out Richardson Grove, No to building the ports, No to fixing the railroad, No to allowing Fortuna to put in a mall at the old Palco mill-site and bringing in a big-box. But it’s yes Yes YES to pot-houses and pot dispensaries. Hypocrites.

  11. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 10:27 am

    Dear Elephantneverforgets: good spinning. The fisheries ARE NOT dead on the Duzen. Far from that. It remains one of the best in humco for salmon and steelhead with salmon up to 50 pounders and steelies over 20+. Water beautiful and fish strong and to suggest otherwise means you don’t know squat about what you are posting.

  12. answer
    March 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Heeraldo you are all knowing and powerful, why is gas and Diesel so much cheaper in Redding. fifty five cents today

  13. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 11:31 am

    Gas is cheaper in Redding because they are right on I-5.
    Not too hard to figure out.

  14. March 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    I understand gas is also cheaper in Weaverville, which isn’t on I-5.

  15. RedHummer
    March 26, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    10:27: You do realize that the Eel is catch and release, don’t you? They give that designation to a river for a reason. Need me to explain that too?

  16. RedHummer
    March 26, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Sorry, meant Van Duzen, but Eel is same.

  17. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Weaverville is closer to the I-5 than the coast. Waaay closer.
    That is why it is cheaper there as well.

  18. answer
    March 26, 2009 at 1:10 pm

    I liked it better when it was Rex Bohns fault

  19. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    You never change until no jobs left in Humboldt Cty..

  20. Anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    No redhummer, you don’t need to “explain that too.” What you do need to do is have a damn clue what is going on instead of duckstepping the with the rest and staying on message (no matter if that message is wrong.) I have been intimately involved with the fisheries in this county, Del Norte and Southern Oregon for over 25 years. I know the Duzen like the back of my hand and can tell you that the fishing is as good if not better than it was 15 years ago. And since I haven’t kept a steelhead in over 25 years, it doesn’t bother me whether or not the Duzen is catch and release or not. As for the Eel, until they quit diverting water it will remain in bad shape and I am not blaming PALCO, I am blaming Potter Valley Damn and all those whores that steal that river’s water.

  21. RedHummer
    March 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm

    1:34: What exactly do you think that the Stafford mud slide, that wiped out half of the homes there and eventually wound up in the Eel did for the river? Or the slide that forced the county to reroute part of the road into Shively and went straight into the Eel after a Palco clear cut. I have a clue and don’t need a palco apologist spinning where the SILT in the river is coming from.

  22. RedHummer
    March 26, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    Like I pointed out earlier, there is a reason that a river is classified as catch and release. I don’t think that a DFG biologist just throws a dart at a map and declares where it lands as catch and release. But their scientific studies and fish surveys are obviously just another waste of those hard earned tax dollars.

  23. anonymous
    March 26, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    I’d like a chance to critique your past performance in jobs and how that relates to your public comments. Oh wait, we can’t because you won’t admit that you work for EPIC, or is it KMUD?

  24. Nate Rushton
    March 26, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    sorry, I didn’t catch that it didn’t put my actual name above.

  25. good on Nate
    March 26, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Nice one, Nate.

    And that is the reason that Heraldo should have the fortitude to no longer hide behind her/his anonymity; if he/she is going to judge others by their past, then turnabout is fair play.

    I think Heraldo’s comments would be taken with a big ole grain o’salt should it turn out she is a mover and shaker at EPIC or KMUD.

  26. Ed
    March 26, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I think the message here is way more important than the messanger.

  27. Nate Rushton
    March 26, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    I get it Ed. The arguments are tired and old. I just like to poke at Heraldo every few months to keep in practice.

  28. good on Nate
    March 26, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    And what message might that be, Ed? That this man worked as an employee of Palco so that somehow disqualifies him to be a professional forester; that his past sheds light on his present and future actions?

    Yet somehow, the “message” of Heraldo somehow should escape the same scrutiny? Mmmmmkay, gotcha. In other words, Ed, Heraldo’s “message” is in line with what you believe, so you’re willing to give him a pass when it comes to applying the same standards to Heraldo.

  29. ABC
    March 26, 2009 at 10:12 pm

    Jeff Barrett presided over and implemented PL’s Sustained Yield Plan (SYP). Prior to his arrival here, he was very proud of having worked to develop the Habitat Conservation Plan/SYP. This SYP was so bad that the CDF expert in SYPs uncovered fraud in 2002 when his inspectors came to him and complained that there was nothing sustainable about what PL was doing. He became a whistleblower along with Richard Wilson, the former Director of CDF during the Headwaters HCP/SYP deal, and they are currently suing in federal court.

    Barrett is a timber scientist, closely related to tobacco scientists. A reliable source reported that he admitted to a Fish & Game employee that sometimes you just have to lie to get around regulations when they are in the way.

    Barrett was instrumental in circumventing and preventing the kind of regulations that would have forestalled or even avoided bankruptcy by decreasing the flagrant liquidation logging; and that would have restored fish and wildlife habitat and protected residents from the unraveling of watersheds with flooding and sedimentation.

    Barrett demonstrates sociopathic characteristics. He uses science as a weapon, not a tool.

  30. March 26, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    The arguments are tired and old. I just like to poke at Heraldo every few months to keep in practice.

    Keep in practice of waxing tired and old? Do you have anything new to add or are you just practicing your talking points?

  31. Zerocut_2
    March 26, 2009 at 10:30 pm

    If you really want to understand to what extent PALCO officials went to deceive officials and the public, then read these links:

    The first is a PALCO affidavit that was filed in Texas Bankruptcy court in docket 376. In this affidavit PALCO claims many untruths. In laying the lie, they cloak themselves by stating to the Court and Creditors that their sustained yield plan (e.g. Option A) on file with the CDF is confidential-trade secret and thus protected by Califoria law. The author goes on to lay all of his credentials on the table and claims that their growth rate is 180 million per year and that with the anticipated harvest level of 100 million for 2007, that the inventory will sufficiently increase that value of the timberland will increase accordingly.

    The second link directs to the affidavit’s exhibit (growth rate table). This table is contained in the “public” portion of PALCO’s Option A, however the public portion contains no information on the current decade growth rate. What you should understand about this table is that the subject data is all about “LTSY” which is simply an estimate of growth 100 years from now. The long-term sustained yield is defined in the California forestry rules as “the average annual growth sustainable by the inventory predicted at the end of a 100 year planning period.” This statistic is simply intended to estimate the harvest level that is sustainable in perpetuity under a particular management regime.

    Moreover, even with a 100 million harvest level for 2007 as claimed in the affidavit, based on PALCO’s own Option A on file with the CDF (unavailable to the public and Courts), PALCO would continue to deplete conifer inventory for year 2007 through 2015–not building conifer inventory like they have lead people to believe.

    The Governor’s office came to understand this and wrote to the bankruptcy judge, “While it may be possible for an operator to harvest at elevated rates from a given forest for a short period of time, unsustainable forestry practices will devalue the large stock of remaining trees, degrade water quality in streams and tributarties and impair vital habitat for salmon and endangered species – all of which result in detrimental economic impact. Sustainable forestry, harvesting trees at a rate that can be maintained or grown over many decades in a way that keeps or improves the ecological values of the forest, is essential to maximizing the long-term value of the forest.” [http://gov.ca.gov/press-release/9227/]

    This is all the evidence I need to understand whom I’m dealing with!

  32. Ed
    March 26, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Take that Nate.

  33. Nate Rushton
    March 27, 2009 at 4:03 am

    Ed, Heraldo….etc.,

    Keep in practice of waxing tired and old? Do you have anything new to add or are you just practicing your talking points?

    What I originally meant to convey, not that it matters in this forum of mostly like-minded folk, is that the argument that Heraldo should abide by the same standards as everyone else is TIRED and OLD. Most everyone here at this blog agrees with Heraldo that his/her message is more important than who the messenger is. I can’t argue with that mindset and don’t want to try…..that is tired and old. You know? I like to poke fun at that periodically, that’s all.

    And I am still Nate Rushton with nothing “new” to add. And I am still quite comfortable with the fact that I am an easy target of Heraldo for my public comments under my own name. My only addition to this discussion is a gentle reminder that some people choose to state their opinions publically or anonymously with self-rightous indignation.

    My only talking point was just asking a question about disclosure. I am not a “real” journalist or blogger, so I am easily marginalized as one of H’s critics.

    I am flattered that you would even take the bait to respond to me with as much important work that you have Heraldo.

  34. Eurekev
    March 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Me me me me me me me me me me me me.

    Did I say me? Oh.

    I have nothing else to add.

  35. lumpy
    December 18, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Any new updates from Copenhagen?

  36. lumpy
    December 18, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Sorry – I was tryin to post on the David Simpson update frm Copenhagen and I pushed the wrong link.

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