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Members of U.S. lumber lobby exposed
Date: Thursday, January 12 2006
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Members of U.S. lumber lobby exposed

By BARRIE MCKENNA
Wednesday, January 11, 2006 Posted at 8:13 PM EST
From Thursday's Globe and Mail

The U.S. Coalition for Fair Lumber Imports has waged decades of trade war against Canada, but its membership has always been a closely held secret.

Until now, that is.

Wednesday, the coalition's Washington-based law firm inadvertently e-mailed a report of its recent public relations activities to journalists. And the intended recipients of the message are many of the key members of the coalition, including lumber companies, land brokers, as well as mergers-and-acquisition experts.

“Everyone on that list is a member,” acknowledged Harry Clark, a lawyer at Dewey Ballantine in Washington. “But that's not the membership list. It's just part of the membership.”

The list includes several large, mostly public, companies, long suspected to be active in the coalition. These include International Paper Co. of Stamford, Conn., Sierra Pacific Industries of Redding, Calif., Temple-Inland Inc. of Austin, Tex., Potlatch Corp. of Spokane, Ore., and Plum Creek Timber Co. Inc. of Seattle, Wash.

Also on list are officials at a clutch of large, private lumber companies from across the United States, including Seneca Sawmill Co. of Eugene, Ore., Stimson Lumber Co. of Portland, Ore., New South Cos. Inc. of Myrtle Beach, S.C., Hampton Affiliates of Portland, Ore., Moose River Lumber Co. of Moose River, Me., Riley Creek of Laclede, Idaho, Shukualak Lumber of Shukualak, Miss., Gulf Lumber Co. of Mobile, Ala., Swanson Group Inc. of Glendale, Ore., and Tolleson Lumber of Perry, Ga.

Many Canadians have long wondered how a relatively obscure industry group has for decades successfully convinced the U.S. government and Congress of the merits of its grievances against its Canadian rivals.

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