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June 8, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The first timber likely to be harvested in a "roadless area" of a national forest since the Bush administration eased logging restrictions goes on the auction block Friday. The U.S.
April 14, 2006 | From Reuters
The World Trade Organization's highest court struck down an earlier verdict that the United States had not violated trade rules in asserting that Canadian softwood lumber exports hurt U.S. producers. But the Appellate Body declined to make its own ruling on the legality of the U.S. measures. Canada ships about $6 billion in softwood lumber such as spruce, fir and pine to the U.S. each year. A panel of WTO judges ruled in November that Washington had breached no rules when the U.S.
January 31, 2006 | Tim Reiterman, Times Staff Writer
In a case involving Pacific Lumber Co.'s redwood groves, the California Supreme Court on Monday ruled that state water officials have the power to order timber companies to monitor the quality of streams and rivers near logging sites. Pacific Lumber Co. had challenged a state water board order that required it to measure the effects of logging about 700 acres on the south fork of the Elk River in Humboldt County.
November 17, 2005 | From Associated Press
The Commerce Department said it would meet a Nov. 23 deadline to comply with a NAFTA panel's order that the United States drastically cut its duties on Canadian softwood lumber imports. The panel, created under the North American Free Trade Agreement, is calling on the Commerce Department to all but eliminate punitive duties that average more than 16%. Washington, in defending the duties, has pointed to a preliminary World Trade Organization ruling that the U.S.
November 15, 2005 | From Associated Press
A federal judge Monday stopped a logging project in Giant Sequoia National Monument, keeping intact more than 1,000 acres in a preserve that houses two-thirds of the world's largest trees. U.S. District Judge Charles R. Breyer issued a preliminary injunction blocking a timber sale known as the Ice Project, saying that the U.S. Forest Service had ignored extensive research on how commercial logging would affect wildlife in the region. The lawsuit was brought by several environmental groups.
October 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that it would propose taking the marbled murrelet, a small seabird at the center of political battles over logging in the Northwest, off the threatened species list. The proposal, to be formally made by the end of the year, would start a yearlong evaluation. The bird lives at sea but nests in trees near the coast.
October 15, 2005 | Edwin Chen, Times Staff Writer
President Bush and Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin clashed over U.S. tariffs on Canadian lumber in a 20-minute telephone conversation Friday that culminated in Martin accusing the Bush administration of violating the North American Free Trade Agreement, officials said. When Bush proposed negotiations to resolve the long-standing dispute, Martin flatly rejected that approach. Instead, he vowed to launch a "double dose" campaign -- by suing in U.S.
September 14, 2005 | From Reuters
The U.S. lumber industry, embroiled in a decades-long trade spat with Canada, said it would challenge the constitutionality of a North American Free Trade Agreement dispute settlement system. The Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports said the NAFTA process, called Chapter 19, made findings appealable only to panels of individuals, some of whom are not U.S. citizens and none of whom is accountable within the U.S. government.
September 7, 2005 | From Reuters
The United States appealed a World Trade Organization panel ruling Tuesday against U.S. duties on Canadian softwood lumber, and it called for renewed negotiations to resolve the dispute. The WTO case is one of several Ottawa filed after Washington slapped duties on Canadian softwood lumber in March 2002 to offset alleged subsidies and unfair pricing.
August 31, 2005 | Evelyn Iritani, Times Staff Writer
Trade tensions between the U.S. and Canada heated up Tuesday after a World Trade Organization panel supported Washington's decision to impose hefty penalties on Canadian softwood lumber firms accused of dumping their products on the U.S. market. The preliminary ruling is the latest twist in a trade war involving Canadian exports of lumber made from Douglas fir, pine and other softwood. The dispute has sent anti-American sentiments soaring north of the border.
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