JUDGE UPHOLDS FEDERAL LOG EXPORT RESTRICTIONS
JUDGE UPHOLDS FEDERAL LOG EXPORT RESTRICTIONS SEATTLE, Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal District Judge John
Coughenour today upheld congressional authority to ban the export of 75 percent of the timber from state trust lands, the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced.
The state Board of Natural Resources voted 4 to 1 in September 1990 to challenge the law. The state Board of Education and five counties (Skamania, Cowlitz, Jefferson, Lewis and Pacific) later joined in the lawsuit. They sought to have the law declared invalid because it requires the schools and other trusts to sell their timber for less than it's worth. The state constitution requires that schools receive full market value for trust timber. Public Lands Commissioner Brian Boyle, who chairs the Board of Natural Resources, said, "This has been a frustrating situation for everyone. It's unfortunate that litigation became necessary at all." The Department of Natural Resources has fully complied with the export law while awaiting the court's decision and will continue to do so. "We have met or exceeded the state's obligation for domestic sales and processing in every major species and grade of timber since the ban went into effect Jan. 1," Boyle said. "Figures for 1991 show that nearly 80 percent of state timber sales are being sold to the domestic market." The DNR has divided its timber sales program into three geographic areas: north (including the Olympic Peninsula), south and east. For these three areas, sales restricted to the domestic market are greater than 75 percent of the total sales volume. North South East Statewide Total Restricted(A) 79 78 88 79 Unrestricted 21 22 12 21
(A) Timber sales sold for the domestic market only.
The department has established 18 species and grade categories. DNR has exceeded the 75 percent target in 17 categories, including all the highest grades of wood and 99 percent of total sale volume. Boyle also said, "We intend to take a whole new look at our timber sales program in light of the judge's decision. We will do everything we can to improve the marketability of our wood for domestic processors." -0- 11/8/91 /CONTACT: Sandi Snell or Sara Crickenberger of Department of Natural Resources, 206-753-5330/ CO: Washington State Department of Natural Resources ST: Washington IN: PAP SU: RJ-LM -- SE009 -- 2801 11/08/91 20:26 EST
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