October 15, 2005 |
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 |
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 |
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 |
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.
August 3, 2005 |
A federal judge has concluded that the Bush administration broke environmental laws last year when it cleared the way for more commercial logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest and Northern California. In 1994, the government adopted environmental protections and limits on timber harvesting -- the Northwest Forest Plan -- to halt the decline of the northern spotted owl and other wildlife that depended on large, old trees.
June 3, 2005 |
Brazilian police said they had broken up the biggest illegal logging operation in the Amazon with the arrests of 89 people, nearly half of them from the government agency charged with protecting the forests from a gang that has allegedly illegally cut an estimated $370 million in Amazon timber since 1990.
May 28, 2005 |
A Brazilian Indian tribe armed with bows and arrows and unseen for years has been spotted in a remote Amazon region where clashes with loggers are threatening its existence. The Jururei tribe numbers eight or 10. It is the second "uncontacted" group to be threatened by loggers this month after a judge approved cutting in an area called Rio Pardo. In the most recent scuffles, Jururei Indians set booby traps with spikes, piercing the foot of one logger.
April 20, 2005 |
Choosing her words carefully, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice expressed concern Tuesday in Russia about a growing concentration of power in the hands of the Kremlin, but also pointed to indications that democracy had made gains here. Rice spoke to reporters shortly before arriving for a two-day visit to prepare for next month's summit in Moscow between President Bush and Russian President Vladimir V. Putin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 22, 2005 |
A Bush administration official Monday upheld a decision to boost logging in Sierra Nevada national forests. In a five-paragraph decision, Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey left unchanged guidelines that will triple current logging levels on the range's 11.5 million acres of national forest. The Sierra forests have been the scene of a long, bitter fight for more than a decade. The Clinton administration slashed timber cutting and increased wildlife protections.
March 8, 2005 |
Loggers began cutting down trees inside an old growth forest reserve burned by the 2002 Biscuit fire on Monday after authorities hauled away protesters trying to block access. Five lumberjacks toting chainsaws, axes and fuel cans hiked past the protest site in the Siskiyou National Forest and a short while later the roar of chainsaws and trees crashing to earth could be heard. Authorities arrested 10 people and towed a disabled pickup draped with an Earth First! banner.