Olivillo Coastal Forest

February 2001

Boise Cascade cancels mill project

On February 22 2001, in a huge victory for Chile's ancient forests and the wildlife that inhabit them, the Boise Cascade Corporation canceled plans to build what would have been the largest wood-chip mill in Latin America. More than 1,200 acres would have been cut every year to supply the mill, potentially liquidating all of Chile's remaining temperate coastal forests. While Boise Cascade said its withdrawal was purely a business decision, Chilean environmentalists are convinced that citizen and consumer activism ultimately tipped the scales. Despite cancellation of the mill, the Olivillo forest remains threatened: the government still plans to build a road that would open vast stretches of forest to logging.