Through the years, the logging industry has played a major role. Below are four scenerios, from the Peru-Brazilian border; Sullivan, Maine; the Penobscot Million lands in Hancock/Washington counties, Massachusetts (Maine) in the 1790s, and Maine’s unorganized territory in 2008.
The amazing pictures were beamed around the globe: a handful of warriors from an ‘undiscovered tribe’ in the rainforest on the Brazilian-Peruvian border brandishing bows and arrows at the aircraft that photographed them. These photographs were published to make a political point, to perhaps reduce the tribe’s danger of their losing the habitat in which they have flourished for hundreds of years. The publicity from the photographs will hopefully lift the threat of logging to the tribe’s existance.
José Carlos Meirelles, 61, a sertanista (expert on indigenous tribes) working for the Brazilian Indian Protection Agency, Funai, took the photographs.
Survival International, the organisation that released the pictures, and Funai, which is dedicated to searching out remote tribes and protecting them, conceded that they’ve known about this nomadic tribe for around two decades. Former Funai president Sydney Possuelo agreed that the invasion of the tribe’s privacy was necessary to prove that ‘uncontacted,’ isolated, tribes still existing in the area, are endangered by the menace of the logging industry. Loggers, closing in on the Indians’ homeland, are threatening their isolation. Peru’s logging has sent many Indians fleeing into Brazil, according to Meirelles.
International media attention forced neighbouring Peru to re-examine its logging policy in the border area where the tribe lives. Funai has shut down 28 illegal sawmills in Acre state, where these tribes are located.
As yet, there is no logging on Brazillian side of the border.
Building paved roads also creates tree cutting. A new road is being paved from Peru into Acre, which will likely introduce hordes of poor settlers to the area. Other Amazon roads have led to 30 miles of rain forest being cut down on each side, according to scientists.
Sullivan, Maine, already has “logging,” or “tree cutting,” regulations, to protect the value of its ocean-side properties. Thus, when William Badyna, of Brooklyn, clear-cut his 1.2 acre, heavily wooded seaside lot (legally owned by his wife, Angelique) on Flanders Bay he blamed it on a “misunderstanding” and the hiring of local workers who did not (to continue reading, click on LOGGING IN MAINE AND ON THE PERU-BRAZILIAN BORDER )
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