Jan. 29th, 2009

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The article is careful to note, half a page in, that not all logging is automatically bad- it talks about some of the councils selectively thinning to prevent fire hazards, and how some harvesting is part of stewardship of a woodland, then goes on to point out the instances in which BSOA bent or broke rules and handed out contracts to former council members.

[An aerial view taken Oct. 14 shows loggers harvesting timber at the Pacific Harbors Council's Camp Delezene near Elma.]
Profit trumps preservation for Boy Scout councils nationwide
They logged, sold thousands of acres of prime lands

By LEWIS KAMB
SEATTLE P-I INVESTIGATIVE REPORTER

For nearly a century, the Boy Scouts have worn a self-adorned badge as campsite conservationists and good stewards of the land.

"The Boy Scouts were green before it was cool to be green," said the organization's national spokesman, Deron Smith.

But for decades, local Boy Scouts of America administrations across the country have clearcut or otherwise conducted high-impact logging on tens of thousands of acres of forestland, often for the love of a different kind of green: cash.

A Hearst Newspapers investigation has found dozens of cases over the past 20 years of local Boy Scout councils logging or selling prime woodlands to big timber interests, developers or others, turning quick money and often doing so instead of seeking ways to preserve such lands.

It's from the Seattle paper, stop me if you've seen it already. )

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