Challenging the 2006 Softwood Lumber Agreement
WFLC is taking action to uncover the truth behind the $350 million giveaway to the U.S. timber industry and its allies.
- Forest Stewardship Council-U.S. v. U.S. Trade Representative alleges that the Bush Administration violated federal appropriations law when, in September of 2006, without any public process or Congressional approval, the Administration steered $350 million from Canadian softwood lumber lawsuit settlement funds to Bush-selected timber industry-dominated forestry foundations.
- Center for Biological Diversity v. U.S. Trade Representative challenges the failure of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to timely and thoroughly respond to plaintiffs’ FOIA request in the manner mandated by FOIA. The FOIA request sought information from the USTR pertaining to the “meritorious initiatives” funded with $450 million of the proceeds of the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement.