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Schaaf honored for leadership

Sequim Gazzette
Published on Wed, Jan 12, 2011
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Washington Agriculture & Forestry Education Foundation presented its Excellence in Leadership Award to Norm Schaaf, of Port Angeles. The award recognizes Agriculture and Forestry Leadership Program graduates who have demonstrated excellence following their participation in the two-year program.

Schaaf manages all Merrill & Ring timberlands in the U.S., Canada and New Zealand. He earned a forestry degree from Washington State University and an MBA from the University of Washington’s Executive MBA program. He served as state chair of the Society of American Foresters and was recognized in 1986 as Forester of the Year. He also has been active with United Way of Clallam County, Pacific Education Institute, Olympic Natural Resources Center, Rotary, Olympic Logging Conference and Private Forest Landowners Association (British Columbia).

For more information, visit www.agforestry.org

US-Canadian lumber trade dispute heats up again

The latest lumber trade dispute between the United States and Canada includes Oregon mill owners, a renegade Canadian lumber baron and North America’s most destructive bark beetle.

The Associated Press

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EUGENE, Ore. —The latest lumber trade dispute between the United States and Canada includes Oregon mill owners, a renegade Canadian lumber baron and North America’s most destructive bark beetle.The conflict entangles two nations, with two-way trade exceeding $430 billion a year, The Oregonian reported.

U.S. industry leaders contend British Columbia misclassifies timber as salvage material so Canadian companies can bombard the United States with subsidized lumber. That, they say, undercuts U.S. mills and jobs.

Canadian government and industry leaders dispute the charges. The conflict is heating up and means that Washington could haul Ottawa back to a London tribunal as soon as this week.

Managers of southern Oregon’s Swanson Group, for example, blame unfair Canadian competition, in large part, for continuing production cuts and the 2007 closure of its Glide mill that employed 100.