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Ellensburg Daily Record: "Teanaway sub-area plans on hold"

November 5, 2009 -- An Ellensburg Police Department investigation into the disappearance of public documents has prompted the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners to temporarily suspend the Teanaway sub-area planning process.

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  • Published: Nov 05, 2009

Ellensburg Daily Record: "Teanaway plan draws heated opposition"

October 29, 2009 -- More than 100 people attended an October 28 meeting on the Teanaway subarea plan. American Forest Land Co. owns 46,851 of the 56,000 acres that are tentatively included in the subarea and is seeking to develop part of that. The company’s move to alter the use of its land has been controversial, drawing increasingly vocal criticism from local property owners, recreational users and conservation groups.

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  • Published: Oct 29, 2009

Daily Astorian Editorial: "Business as usual just cannot continue"

October 26, 2009 -- Forest certification program must have legitimacy.

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  • Published: Oct 26, 2009

Architecture Week: "High Tension over Big Timber"

October 23, 2009 -- Late in 2007, storm-driven rains in outhwestern Washington sent floodwater, mud, and tons of logging debris crashing into homes and farmland downstream of the Chehalis River. Numerous landslides destroyed wide swaths of mountain habitat, caused hundreds of millions of dollars in property damage, and downed an estimated 140,000 truckloads of timber — much of it on land owned by the Weyerhaeuser Company, the state's largest private timberland owner.

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  • Published: Oct 23, 2009

Ellensburg Daily Record: "Teanaway development plan could bring legal challenges"

October 3, 2009 -- American Forest Land Company’s plan to develop timberland the company has in the Teanaway is facing strong opposition from those in the community who say the company rolled the dice on what turned out to be a bad investment and now wants to change the rules for how the land can be used.

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  • Published: Oct 03, 2009

The New York Times: "Environmental Groups Spar Over Certifications of Wood and Paper Products"

September 12, 2009 -- For more than a decade, the nonprofit Forest Stewardship Council generally has been viewed as the premier judge of whether a wood or paper product should be labeled as environmentally friendly. But to the dismay of major environmental groups, that label, known as F.S.C., is facing a stiff challenge from a rival certification system supported by the paper and timber industry. At stake is the trust of consumers in the ever-expanding market for “green” products.

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  • Published: Sep 12, 2009

Architecture Week: "FSC Versus SFI"

August 12, 2009 -- The battle between rival forest certification systems FSC and SFI is crescendoing in a showdown over recognition in the LEED system, the preeminent green building standard in the U.S.

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  • Published: Aug 12, 2009

Seattle Times: "New strategy to save forests: logging"

August 3, 2009 -- Conservationists are partnering with timber companies on deals, and environmentalists are praising "working forests," the friendly new term for clear-cuts — in order to stave off development.

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  • Published: Aug 03, 2009

NW Public Radio: "Rock Bottom Timber Prices Hurt NW School Budgets"

July 23, 2009 -- Here’s one more casualty of the recession: timber prices. They’re down as much as 60%. That means loggers are out of work and mills are closing. But the rock-bottom prices are also having a trickle-down effect on school kids. That’s because logging is still an important source of funding for schools in the Northwest. Austin Jenkins explains.

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  • Published: Jul 23, 2009

Seattle Times: "Wash. tree farm strikes habitat deal"

A Washington state tree farm has agreed to create and enhance habitat for northern spotted owls and marbled murrelets on thousands of acres of forest land it owns in Lewis and Skamania counties.

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  • Published: Jul 09, 2009

Seattle Times: "Study finds no increased fire threat in owl habitat"

A new study challenges a basic justification about the threat of wildfires that the Bush administration used to make room for more logging in old growth forests that are home to the northern spotted owl.

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  • Published: Jul 06, 2009

Seattle PI: "Seattle judge dismisses suit over lumber payments"

June 24, 2009 -- Conservation groups lack standing to challenge the federal government's decision to give $350 million from a U.S.-Canada softwood lumber settlement to forestry foundations, a judge has ruled.

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  • Published: Jun 24, 2009

Bellingham Herald: "As step toward ending lawsuit, Bellingham pays Mount Baker School District $225,000"

June 16, 2009 -- The Bellingham City Council took a step toward ending a longstanding lawsuit challenging restrictive Lake Whatcom watershed logging rules.

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  • Published: Jun 16, 2009

Bellingham Herald: "Bellingham, Whatcom County to pay Mount Baker schools over logging"

June 15, 2009 -- Bellingham and Whatcom County leaders are ready to pay money to the Mount Baker School District to end a longstanding lawsuit challenging restrictive logging rules in the Lake Whatcom watershed.

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  • Published: Jun 15, 2009

Tyee: "The War Over Eco-Certified Wood"

June 3, 2009 -- When it comes to buying nature-friendly wood, two stamps of approval vie, with vast forests at stake. Which will win out? Big timber firms back the one critics call greenwashing.

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  • Published: Jun 03, 2009