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Some Odds and Ends by Michael McIntosh

President, McIntosh Foundation and The Boat Company You’ll note a bit further in this newsletter that our beloved LISERON is going to be going into dry dock for a while. I love wooden hulled boats but they do require a fair amount of TLC to keep them safe and sound (reminiscent of my wife’s remarks about me). The land containing much of the “good stuff� on the Tongass has either been cut (800,000 acres – 1,250 square miles) or put into conservation units (monuments, wilderness areas etc). When I say “good stuff� I mean 500 to 1,000 year old trees. Unfortunately the last administration exempted the Tongass from the Roadless Rule and that has put a great deal of the last of the best (best of the last) up for grabs. Areas containing spawning streams and wildlife habitat often used by tourists, fisherman, hunters et al. Unlike the Southern part of our country, timber growth in Southeast is extremely slow, so notwithstanding the past 60 years of logging, even modest sized, second growth trees won’t be available for harvest for another 40 to 60 years. Even during the periods when this country was experiencing building booms, harvesting Tongass timber has never been economical. As a result it has been heavily subsidized. Tens of millions of dollars annually to support a few hundred jobs. What is particularly galling is the fact that the tourism industry, second only to commercial fishing, as the largest employer in Southeast, pays the Forest Service fees so its customers can walk amongst the trees while that same federal agency pays loggers millions to cut them down. The Nature Conservancy, for whatever reason, decided it wanted to preserve the timber industry and, funded by large grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, has been working toward that end. Some of the possible solutions discussed have even included turning over (gifting) 180,000 acres (280 square miles) to several companies and making available hundreds of millions of board feet elsewhere.

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With two exceptions (The National Audubon Society and Trout Unlimited) the environmental/conservation community has resisted these efforts. In just the last week or two, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack has announced two appointments that will affect national forest matters. First, he has appointed Robert Bonnie, formerly with Environmental Defense, as Senior Advisor for environmental and climate matters and second, he has named Jay Jensen as his choice for Deputy Undersecretary for Natural Resources and Environment. That position has much of the responsibility for the management of the 193,000,000 acres that comprise the national forest system. It is too early to tell what positions Mr. Jensen is going to take on matters that affect the Tongass but based on the jobs he has previously held, we have good reason to be concerned.


The Boat Company can be reached at: Corporate Office The Boat Company c/o The McIntosh Foundation 1200 Eighteenth Street NW Suite 801 Washington, DC 20036 (202) 338-8055 phone (202) 234-0745 fax www.theboatcompany.com Conservation Programs and Reservations The Boat Company 19623 Viking Ave. NW Poulsbo, WA 98370-8399 (360) 697-4242 phone (360) 697-5454 fax email: kathy@theboatcompany.com Staff: Michael McIntosh, President Hunter McIntosh, Vice President Bob Vey, Comptroller Kathy Nissley, Reservations Manager Ken Gerken, Operations Manager Mary Ann Confar, Office Manager Joel Hanson, Conservation Director Board of Directors: Michael McIntosh Winsome McIntosh Hunter McIntosh Colin McIntosh


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The ancient forests of this part of North America are a complex ecosystem that supports a myriad of plants and other animal life, including critical stream habitats for spawning wild salmon species. This great old growth rainforest has also provided humanity with shelter, sustenance, medicine, healing inspiration and a way of life for millennia. Excerpt from "Wisdome of the Ancient Forests", Page 7

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$QFLHQW)RUHVWV We would like to share with you an exciting program that The Boat Company has been involved with over the past year. “Wisdom of the Ancient Forests: Alaska's Tongass Rainforest�, is a documentary film that we believe will inspire and educate viewers to appreciate the value of the Tongass National Forest, the last old growth temperate rainforest on Earth.

Breathing Earth Productions, in conjunction with The Quest Foundation, approached us about participation in the development and production of this documentary film a little over a year ago. To date, The Boat Company has contributed two full (whole boat) trips for the filming of this muchneeded documentary, along with a sizeable cash donation. The documentary has now moved into postproduction with an expected release date some time in early 2010.

The award winning producers of “Wisdom of the Ancient Forests: Alaska's Tongass Rainforest� promise to deliver an imperative conservation message for this and future generations. The ancient forests of this part of North America are a complex ecosystem that supports a myriad of plants and other animal life, including critical stream habitats for spawning wild salmon species. This great old growth rainforest has also provided humanity with shelter, sustenance, medicine, healing inspiration and a way of life for millennia. Yet in less than 50 years, logging interests have cut down 90% of these once enormous trees. While the winds of change are beginning to feel there way through the halls of Congress with this new administration, legislation in Washington, DC continues to further jeopardize the future of the Tongass.

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“Wisdom of the Ancient Forests: Alaska's Tongass Rainforest”, is meant to address the urgency to protect this great treasure of the United States, by showcasing the remaining, intact wilderness and it’s wildlife, contrasted by industrial logging. The M/V LISERON was used as the floating platform from which spokespeople, including world renowned conservationist Jim Fowler (narrator and spokesperson for the project), have been filmed as she made her way through the heart of the region. Many of the major stakeholders in the Tongass have been interviewed, and their stories will be woven into the fabric of the documentary. The documentary is being produced by the Quest Foundation as part of the Wisdom of the Ancient Forests films.

The Boat Company has committed over $300,000 (plus other resources & personnel) in support of this project. The Quest Foundation has asked for our help in seeking additional funding in order to complete the documentary in 2009. Therefore, we would ask that you take a few moments to look at the trailer that can be found on our website at www.theboatcompany.com, and should you be interested, support this effort with a donation yourself. This use of media not only tells the story and images of the Tongass, but will also create awareness and hopefully incentive for protection for future generations.

Donations can be made at the following website: http://quest-foundation.org/tongassdonations.htm


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Believe me when I tell you in the wild of nature you feel like you are returning home. The excitement would bring all of our dinner conversations together like the ebb and flow matching the romance of the Elyssa Davalos LISERON on the water.

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1:0-7)6322I[W As many of you know the M/V LISERON is a wooden hulled ex-US Navy minesweeper, typical of wooden hulled vessels, she requires far more time-consuming maintenance than those made of aluminum, fiberglass etc. For that reason, we are studying the possibility that this coming fall, we might take the opportunity and time to perform both routine and long-term maintenance at the same time. Obviously it would be less expensive to do this, rather than spread long-term maintenance out over a four to five year period. As a result, the M/V LISERON may be a bit delayed going into service for the summer cruising season in 2010. For those of you considering another excursion with The Boat Company that summer, we would recommend you reserve space on the M/V MIST COVE first, to be sure you get the time slot you want.

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It’s not too late to plan a great trip north this summer; there are still cabins

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available scattered throughout this 2009 summer season. Contact Kathy or Mary Ann in our reservations office for the latest discounts prices available. Alternatively, book a trip through our partner, Orvis Travel (Jodi Pratt, 800-5474322), and receive your choice of a Helios freshwater rod or $500 Orvis gift card for each person booked. This is a great chance to get your hands on one of the most talked about fly rods on the market today, just in time to head north and hook up with King and Coho Salmon (that The Boat Company will clean, filet and pack for your trip home of course)!

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