Clearinghouse on Forests & Corporations


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Activist Research Manual for
Investigating Forests & Corporations

Campaigns & Activist Websites

Consumption, Recycling, Sustainability, & Certification

Corporate Mergers

Corporations Ranked

$$When I look at trees,
the branches are dollar bills.

-- Groupe Forex lumber baron Jean-Jacques Cossette
Financial Post-Toronto, Aug. 17, 1996

Crocodile attacks chainsaw in Australia. AP, Apr 28, 2006
A fourteen-foot crocodile mauled a chainsaw a worker was using Friday to clear up debris left by a tropical storm that lashed northern Australia. While the croc and worker were both uninjured, the saw's woodcutting days are over.
Freddy Buckland was cutting up a tree that fell against a crocodile enclosure at the Corroboree Park Tavern, 50 miles east of the northern port city of Darwin when the crocodile, called Brutus, apparently took exception to the chainsaw's noise and attacked.
"As he was trimming up the tree on the outside the croc jumped out of the water and sped along the tree about 18, 20 feet and actually grabbed the chainsaw out of his hands," said Peter Shappert, the tavern's owner.
"It must have been the noise ... I don't think he was actually trying to grab Freddy, but I'm not sure. He had a fair go at him ... I think he just grabbed the first thing he could and it happened to be the chainsaw," Shappert added.
Neither Buckland nor Brutus were injured.
The saltwater crocodile, which Shappert said he now is considering renaming Two-stroke in honor of the saw's fuel, appeared to like the snack.
"He chewed on the chainsaw for about an hour-and-a-half, then we finally got it out," Shappert said, adding that the saw was destroyed when it finally was retrieved from Brutus' giant jaws.
Saltwater crocodiles have been known to attack small power boats, apparently because they do not like the noise of outboard motors.

Corpirate Profiles

Boise Cascade
Campbell Hawthorne United Asset
Champion International
Crown Pacific
Georgia Pacific
International Paper
Plum Creek Timber
Sierra Pacific Industries

Deforestation Rates by Country

Employment in the US Wood & Paper Industries, 1997-2000

Employment in Wood and Paper Products: Washington and Oregon States, 1985-1996

Free Trade & Regulation


The Globalization of the Timber Industry
Global Timber Titans report: Boise Cascade, Georgia-Pacific, International Paper, Weyerhaeuser

Indonesian Paper and Wood Products Imported to U.S.

Industry Government & University Websites

Industry News

Industry Overviews

Land Ownership 

Land Lords Project

Institutional ownership of timberland (TIMO, REIT, etc)

Maps of old growth forest

Maps of railroad land grants and corporate timberland ownership

Mergers of timber industry corporations

Old-growth forest remaining in the U.S.

Old-growth forest remaining in the world

Pacific Northwest  

Timber Facts
Log and chip exports
Public versus corporate cut
Employment in Wood & Paper Products: Oregon & Washington 1985-1996

Politics, Public Relations, & Trade Associations


Political campaign contributions

Public Timber

U.S. National Forest Cut 1950 to present
Top purchasers of U.S. National Forest timber 1994-1998
Top purchasers of US National Forest timber 1991-2000
Largest Purchasers, 2001-2003
Boise Cascade Timber Sales
Weyerhaeuser Timber Sales
U.S. Northwest Timber Facts

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on U.S. and State public forests

 Regional & Country Overviews




US Forest Service Road Credit Subsidies

Timberland Investment Management Organizations (TIMOs)

Trade Flows



Country Flows for Raw Logs
Country Flows for Lumber
Country Flows in Dollars
Softwood Lumber from Canada to USA

Pacific Rim

Pacific Rim trade in plywood
Pacific Rim trade in tropical logs
Pacific Rim trade in U.S. dollars
Pacific Rim trade in wood pulp
Pacific Rim trade in woodchips


U.S. marine imports of Canadian wood products
U.S. imports of softwood lumber from Canada


Indonesian Paper and Wood Products Imported to U.S.


U.S. imports of Chilean wood products

Why A Clearinghouse?

The destruction of the world's forests is increasingly due to an international timber industry driven by complex and shifting economic, geographic, and political forces. An understanding of this complex reality is necessary to put environmental, economic, and human rights problems into a context useful for protecting the world's forests. A comprehensive database needs to be compiled, structured in practical forms suitable for citizens and grassroots activists, and made available on an affordable basis.

What remains of the world's natural forests and forest cultures is rapidly being destroyed, with devastating and irreversible impacts on biodiversity, global climate, economic self-sufficiency, and human rights. Recent trade and investment agreements and policies are exacerbating the concentration of economic and political decisions in the hands of transnational corporations controlling the global timber trade. National governments, whether in the undeveloped South or the industrialized North, are no match for the financial and political power of global corporations. In fact, local and national governments, along with national and international development banks and agencies, are providing huge subsidies to timber corporations.

The ideal clearinghouse would gather, analyze, and make available information on:

1. Trade policies
International trade policies and agreements as they relate to the timber trade, including NAFTA, APEC, GATT, WTO, MIA, ITTO.
National trade and environmental regulations as they relate to forests and timber.

2. Financial patterns
Timber trade investments by banks and development agencies.
Subsidies from taxpayers, labor, pension funds, policyholders, environment.
National and corporate profit flows.

3. Timber industry sectors and the flows of forest products
Minimally processed materials: logs, chips, pulp.
Wood energy.
Manufactured products: paper, lumber, OSB, and plywood.

4. Profiles of transnational timber corporations
Their operations around the world.
Corporate land ownership and control.
Corporate forestry practices,
Environmental, social, and economic impacts.

5. Forests
Country profiles.
Priorities for protection.

6. Consumption patterns
Various forest products: producers, users, uses.
Producing and consuming nations.
Reduction and recycling options and realities.

7. Sustainable forestry alternatives
Sustainable forestry models.
Certification systems.
Sustainable forestry organizations.

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