Two lumber firms - Swanson Manufacturing, and Rough and Ready Lumber - suffered a reverse as a Federal court in Washington DC overturned a lower court's ruling. At issue was a claim by the logging and lumber firms - both based in Oregon, suffered damages when the Bureau of Land Management restricted the volume of wood they could harvest.
Joining the suit were the Washington Contract Loggers Association, Inc.; the American Forest Resource Council; and Douglas Timber Operators, Inc.
At issue are timber sales from lands in the Roseburg and Medford districts of western Oregon from 2004 to 2010. The Bureau of Land Management said the allowable sale quantity for Roseburg is 45 million board feet; for Medford, 57.1 million board feet. The Federal agency allowed sales of around 60 percent of the permissible levels from some areas during the period.
In 2010, two timber companies and the three timber organizations sued the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture in connection with timber sales in Oregon and Washington. The group said the failure of the BLM to annually to offer for sale 80% of the allowable sale quantity of timber from Roseburg and Medford violated the law, and asked that BLM annually offer for sale 80% of the allowable sale quantity of timber and additional timber in fiscal years 2011 and 2012 to make up for past shortfalls.
The court ruled the lumber associations "fail to demonstrate organizational standing," and so could not be parties to the suit. It also ruled the lumber companies failed to demonstrate damage during the period. The saw is Swanson Group Mfg. LLC, et al., Appellees v. Sally Jewell, Secretary of Interior and Thomas J. Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture, Appellees Klamath–Siskiyou Wildlands Center, et al., Appellants.
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