Political Connections Among Players in the
Umpqua Land Exchange Project (ULEP)

compiled by George Draffan www.endgame.org

for the Western Land Exchange Project

Part 1. The Corporations & Landowners
Part 2. The Non-Profits
Part 3. The Politicians
Part 4. The Lobbyists
Part 5. The Engineers

Unless otherwise noted, data on political campaign contributions
is from the
Center for Responsive Politics

 The Corporations & Landowners

Click here for timberland ownership maps of the ULEP project area

Art Adams (Nordic Veneer) was a policy committee member of the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

 

William R. Arsenault (Douglas Small Woodland Association), was a policy committee member of the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

William R. Arsenault political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

11/2/95

$250

12/19/95

$250

4/17/96

$500

 

 

Champion International was recently acquired by International Paper.

Champion International political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA)

1999-8/3/00

$1,000

U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $8,000

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $1,500

donations to members of

U.S. House Resources Committee

1999-2000

$15,250

 

 

Steve Gustafson, an employee of Weyerhaeuser, was a policy committee member of the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

 

Aaron Jones founded Seneca Sawmill Company in 1953, and Seneca Jones Timber Company in 1992. Together they manage over 166,000 acres of forestland in Western Oregon. Seneca Sawmill is the third largest-producing, single-location sawmill in the USA.

Jones, 78, races horses with names like Prime Timber. In the 1980s, he owned more than 200 horses, appraised for $62 million. "I had grown up on a farm, and was used to riding horses, so I thought I'd buy a few. I figured it would take my mind off my business."

Jones is a contributor to Larry Campbell's Oregon Victory PAC, a major influence in Oregon State politics, as well as a client of Larry Campbell.

 

Jones, Seneca Jones Timber Company, and Seneca Sawmill are major contributors of campaign money to the politicans involved in the Umpqua Land Exchange.

The Umpqua Land Exchange Project has been called the "brainchild" of Aaron Jones. Jones was a member of the management and policy committees of the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998), and Seneca Jones and Seneca Sawmill helped fund the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

Aaron Jones / Seneca Jones political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-MT)

1/2/96

$1,000

 

U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)

4/26/99

$1,000

3/30/99

$250

6/2/97

$250

1/24/00

$250

 

 

U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

6/30/97

$2,000

12/18/95

$1,000

8/23/96

$832

3/31/97

$2,000

10/24/95

$1,000

3/18/96

$1,000

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

9/3/99

$1,000

4/25/00

$1,000

soft money to political parties:

NRSC

4/27/00

$1,000

soft money to political parties:

R S/H

6/14/99

$2,000

soft money to political parties:

NRCC

5/22/95

$5,000

soft money to political parties:

NRCC

4/28/00

$1,000

soft money to political parties:

RNC

1/18/95

$10,000

soft money to political parties:

RNC

5/31/00

$80,000

soft money to political parties:

RNC

6/7/00

$20,000

 

In May 2000, Oregon wood products companies and individuals donated $1.1 million to the Republican National Committee; Seneca Jones Sawmill gave $80,000.

 

"’If you take a look at what has happened with the Clinton-Gore policies, nobody in the industry is going to support Gore,’ said Dale Riddle, vice president of legal affairs for Seneca. ‘It's been a string of broken promises, starting with the Northwest Forest Plan... We're very concerned about the regulatory impact on our private forestland,’ Riddle said… Riddle said the coalition of timber companies that donated heavily to the GOP isn't so much looking for a reopening of public lands to logging, but simply seeking an administration that will listen. ‘With Clinton-Gore, there's the attitude that they simply know what is better for us,’ Riddle said. "They don't need our input.’ Based on that, ‘no one should be surprised that if Al Gore wins, it could be one of the worst things to happen in our industry,’ he said."

 

International Paper helped fund the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998). Profiles at http://www.endgame.org/global-ip.html

International Paper political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $5,500

donations to members of

U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

1995-2000

$47,499

donations to members of

U.S. House Resources Committee

1999-2000

$7,500

 

 

Louisiana-Pacific helped fund the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

Louisiana-Pacific political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

U.S. Senator Larry Craig (R-MT)

1999-8/3/00

$1,000

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA)

1999-8/3/00

$500

U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $2,288

U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $1,000

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $1,000

 

 

Nordic Veneer is owned by Art Adams. Nordic Veneer has a brownfield site in Roseburg, Oregon.

Nordic Veneer political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

Alaskans for Don Young

 

 

Gordon Smith

 

 

Oregon Representative Susan Morgan

 

 

 

 

PacifiCorp helped fund the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

PacifiCorp political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR)

1999-8/3/00

$500

U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $1,000

 

 

Rocking C Ranch, owned by Carol Whipple, is a "timber and livestock operation implementing a holistic approach to forage production and a sustained yield harvest of timber."

The Rocking C helped fund the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

 

Roseburg Forest Products is a major contributor of soft money to the Republican Party.

Sun Studs helped fund the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

Roseburg Forest Products political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

soft money to political parties:

RNC State Elections Cmte

5/23/00

$100,000

 

 

Sun Studs, founded in 1950, and its sister companies, Lone Rock Timber Company, and Lone Rock Logging Company, manage 120,000 acres of timber lands and manufacture softwood veneer, lumber, and related products. Fred Sohn was founder and Howard Sohn is owner of Sun Studs. The manufacturing facilities are located on the South Umpqua River south of downtown Roseburg, Douglas County, Oregon. Sun Studs’ red cedar products are distributed by Caffall.

Sun Studs cut public timber "rider" sales,, some of which have resulted in landslides.

Sun Studs failed in a bid to get sustainable forestry certification from state.

Sun Studs has been involved in the Coastal Oregon Productivity Enhancement (COPE) Program, the Oregon Coastal Salmon Restoration Initiative, and the Oregon Biodiversity Project.

Sun Stud president Howard Sohn, who is on the Oregon State Board of Forestry, has made statements against endangered species listings for fish.

Sun Studs is a member of the Global Forestry Management Group (GFMG), a consortium of U.S. companies planning to log up to a million acres of virgin forest at Vysokogorney, Khabarovsky Krai, Siberia for export as raw logs to Japan. GFMG has been subsidized by public agencies, including the U.S. Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

Sun Studs’ Howard Sohn is a member of the Oregon Business Council. He also serves as a director of TechnoServe, which has helped to launch over 500 rural businesses in 21 countries -- from the Peruvian Andes to Tanzania's coffee-rich hillsides -- that provide economic opportunity to more than 3 million people in the developing world. TechnoServe is funded by host-country governments and the U.S. Agency for International Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the World Bank and the International Fund for Agricultural Development.

Sun Studs political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

soft money to political parties:

RNC State Elections Cmte

2/23/00

$2,500

5/23/00

$100,000

In May 2000, a dozen Oregon timber executives, including Howard Sohn, contributed $100,000 each to the Republican Party in exchange for a 45 minute meeting with George W. Bush.

May 2000

$100,000

contributed campaign money to Bill Bradley

 

 

contributed campaign money to Lynn Snodgrass

 

 

contributed funds to initiatives to fight taxes

 

 

 

Sun Studs is a sponsor of the Temperate Forest Foundation.

 

US Forest Capital "US Forest Capital is a forestland investment services company servicing commercial and conservation landowners in acquisitions and dispositions, organizational development and resource management, and environmental affairs. Our company's expertise in the tax-exempt bond and capital markets, together with experience in natural resource policy, management and forest economics, has attracted us to innovative financial tools like tax-exempt revenue bonds." See also E. Thomas Tuchmann.

 

Weyerhaeuser helped fund the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998) and is a major contributor of political campaign money to the politicians pushing the Umpqua Land Exchange. Profiles at http://www.endgame.org/weyer.html

In the year 2000, the World Forestry Center received $100,000 from the Weyerhaeuser Foundation to fund exhibit and marketing studies for the Center's proposed new exhibits for school-age children and the public.

Weyerhaeuser political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

 

U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA)

1997-98

$4,750

1999-2000

$5,249

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $4,999

U.S. Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $4,000

1995-2000

PAC: $25,336

 

U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

1995-2000

$17,000

1993-98

$16,000

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $1,000

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

1999-8/3/00

PAC: $1,500

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

1996

$1,000

donations to members of U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee

1995-6/1/00

$65,118

soft money to political parties:

Republican Dinner

6/18/98

$4,000

soft money to political parties:

Republican Dinner

6/7/99

$4,000

soft money to political parties:

Republican State Elections Cmte

7/30/99

$15,000

soft money to political parties:

DCCC Non-Fed

1/14/00

$1,000

soft money to political parties:

Republican Dinner

5/18/00

$4,000

soft money to political parties:

Republican State Elections

6/9/95

$2,000

soft money to political parties:

Republican Dinner

6/3/97

soft money to political parties:

NRCC Non-Fed

4/24/00

$5,000

soft money to political parties:

Wash State Republican Cmte

6/17/96

-$2,500

soft money to political parties:

DNC Non-Fed

9/26/96

$250

soft money to political parties:

Wash Victory Cmte

10/18/99

$15,000

soft money to political parties:

Republican Dinner

7/1/96

$10,000

soft money to political parties:

Wash State Republican Cmte

10/19/98

$1,000

 

 

Carol Whipple (Rocking C Ranch) was a management committee member for the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

Whipple has been head of the Southern Oregon transportation advisory committee, a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (Portland Branch), served the Oregon Governor's Natural Resources Office and Watershed Enhancement Board, the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission, the Oregon Water Trust board of directors, and the Western Governors' Association Enlibra advisory committee.

 

The Non-Profit Organizations

Defenders of Wildlife's Bruce Taylor is a director of the Foundation for Voluntary Land Exchanges.

 

Dennis Dykstra is president of the World Forestry Center. He serves on several International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) commitees and from 1986 to 1995 was leader of a Forest Operations in the Tropics group at the Centre for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) in Bogor, Indonesia.

 

Foundation for Voluntary Land Exchanges was created to facilitate the Umpqua Land Exchange Project (ULEP). In September 2000 the U.S. Congress appropriated $4,300,000 from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the land exchange. At least 75% of the money would go to the Foundation for Voluntary Land Exchanges, a non-profit entity the ULEP has formed; not more than 25% would go to the BLM, the lead agency on the plan for the basin. The ULEP had already received $1,750,000 in public funds.

The FVLE board includes Douglas County Commissioner Doug Robertson (who is also chairman of the O&C Counties), Aaron Jones of Jones-Seneca, Dennis Dykstra (president of the World Forestry Center), Oregon State Forester Jim Brown, Defenders of Wildlife's Bruce Taylor, and U.S. Forest Capital's Tom Tuchmann.

 

World Forestry Center opened in 1971 as the Western Forestry Center. Harry Merlo, former chief executive officer of Louisiana-Pacific, financed Merlo Hall and the World Forest Institute. Cheatham Hall and Miller Hall were established by Julian Cheatham of Georgia-Pacific and Harold Miller of Stimson Lumber. John Blackwell headed the Center for 25 years; he retired in 1999 and was replaced by Dennis Dykstra.

The World Forestry Center's 20-member board of directors represents 15 countries. Directors include executives from Fletcher Challenge, Weyerhaeuser, Doman, Stimson, Roseburg Forest Products, Forestal Copihue (Chile), John Hancock, Plum Creek Timber, Rimbunan Hijau (Malaysia), Willamette Industries, Tumac Lumber, Simpson, Simitomo Forestry, Nichimen, Pope & Talbot, Jeld-Wen, and other corporations, Harry Merlo, Indonesian timber tycoon Bob Hasan, Oregon State University, and the Irish Forestry Board.

The World Forestry Center and the related World Forest Institute are tax-exempt non-profit organizations which according to their websites are supported by a broad network of global contacts in forestry. WFI provides valuable services designed to meet the diverse needs of manufacturers, consultants, researchers, brokers, government agencies, and others. Through WFI, clients expand their access to information on international markets, new products, evolving technologies, wood species and characteristics, and emerging trends in forestry. In addition, WFI offers original publications, study tours, and forestry conferences."

An example of the World Forestry Center’s work is gaining influence in public schools. "’We're developing a curriculum on forests of the world which can be used in grade schools as part of the natural resources emphasis within the science curriculum,’" said Dr. Dykstra. As part of that programme, training courses are held for teachers in the Center as well as on its 80-acre Magness Memorial Tree Farm on Parrett Mountain, 25 miles south of Portland." Dykstra claims the WFC is not biased towards the timber industry: "We have good relations with industry, but at the same time we are a neutral organisation. We can bring in the industry, but we can also bring in the environmental community and the United Nations and other such organisations."

The World Forestry Center has annual income of about $2,500,000, which comes from corporate foundation and government grants, income on investments, and event and membership fees. Funding has come from the timber industry, global trade corporations like Nichiei, and from the U.S. Forest Service. For example, in the year 2000, the World Forestry Center received $100,000 from the Weyerhaeuser Foundation to fund exhibit and marketing studies for the Center's proposed new exhibits for school-age children and the public.

The WFC spends about $1,700,000 on educational programs. The Western Forestry & Conservation Association and the Society of American Foresters use WFC office space and staff. WFC has net assets of nearly $11 million.

The related World Forestry Center Trust had an income over $500,000 and assets of nearly $5,000,000 at the end of 1998. Its assets included stocks and bonds in wood products, mining, and oil corporations including Weyerhaeuser, Willamette Industries, Phelps Dodge, Halliburton, ARCO, Enron, as well as other corporations including Caterpillar, Deere, Ford, General Motors, Goodyear, and Xerox.

World Forestry Center political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)

1996

$1,000

 

 

John Blackwell, longtime president of the World Forestry Center, was a member of the management committee of the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998). He is member of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission since 1997.

 

The Politicians

U.S. Senate

Larry Craig (R-MT). Member of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Craig has recently received donations from Aaron Jones and Lousiana-Pacific.

Slade Gorton (R-WA). Member of the Senate Appropriations and Energy & Natural Resources Committees. Gorton has recently received donations from Champion International, International Paper, Aaron Jones, Lousiana-Pacific, PacificCorp, and Weyerhaeuser.

Gordon Smith (R-OR). Member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Smith has recently received donatin from William Arsenault, Aaron Jones, Marc Kelley, Louisiana-Pacific, and Weyerhaeuser.

Ron Wyden (D-OR). Member of the Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee. Wyden has recently received donations from Weyerhaeuser and the World Forestry Center.

 

U.S. House of Representatives

Peter DeFazio (D-OR) is a member of the House Resources Committee. DeFazio has recently received donations from PacificCorp.

Norm Dicks (D-WA). Member of the House Appropriations Committee. Dicks has recently received donation from Champion International, Lousiana-Pacific, and Weyerhaeuser.

Ralph Regula (R-OH) . Member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Greg Walden (R-OR) has recently received donations from Champion International, Aaron Jones, Marc Kelley, Lousiana-Pacific, and Weyerhaeuser.

 

Congressional Committees & Political Parties

U.S. House Resources Committee members include Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden. The Committee has recently received donations from Champion International and International Paper.

U.S. Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee members include Gordon Smith, Slade Gorton, and Ron Wyden. The Committee has recently received donations from International Paper and Weyerhaeuser.

Both the Republican and Democratic National Parties are beneficiaries of political soft money from the proponents and beneficiaries of the Umpqua Land Exchange, though the Republican Party is by far the greater beneficiary. Recent contributors incude Aaron Jones, Roseburg Forest Products, Sun Studs, and Weyerhaeuser.

 

Oregon State Politicians

Doug Robertson is a Douglas County Commissioner and president of the Association of Oregon and California Revested Railroad Grant Land Counties (O&C Counties in Oregon).

Robertson was a policy committee member of the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

As head of O&C Counties, Robertson has been advocated returning BLM lands to local control. Oregon Governor Kitzhaber letter to Robertson on O&C transfer, March 19, 1996.

May 1999 and September 2000 lobbying for increase in "spotted owl" payments to counties.

Robertson attacks cutthroat trout listing.

Article on Robertson's participation in wise use meetings.

 

The Lobbyists

Neil Goldschmidt, former governor of Oregon, is a corporate lobbyist who was listed as a "project consultant" for the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998).

From 1994 to 1997, Gooldschmidt worked for Aaron Jones to lobby for the Umpqua Land Exchange Project; Goldschmidt briefed U.S. Senator Hatfield, Representative Peter DeFazio and others, and is credited with winning a $1.7 million congressional appropriation for the land exchange. Jones had reportedly donated $17,000 to Goldschmidt's gubernatorial campaign.

 

Marc D. Kelley (MK and Associates) is a registered lobbyist. He used to work for Neil Goldschmidt.

Marc D. Kelley political campaign contributions

Recipient

Date

Amount

 

 

 

 

U.S. Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR)

11/14/99

-$500

9/13/99

$500

10/27/99

$500

11/14/99

-$500

8/14/97

$1,000

11/4/97

$1,000

11/4/97

-$1,000

6/8/98

$300

3/30/99

$750

5/28/99

-$50

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR)

9/4/98

$200

6/29/99

$500

 

 

E. Thomas Tuchmann. Tuchmann has been lead staff for the Senate Agriculture Committee, director of Resource Policy for the Society of American Foresters, Special Assistant to the Secretary Department of the Interior, co-director of the transition office that planned the U.S. President Clinton's Forest Conference, and head of the Regional Ecosystem Office, an interagency group overseeing Northwest Forest Plan implementation (Office of Forestry and Economic Development, later renamed as the Office of Forestry and Economic Assistance). He was project director of Maxxam Headwaters deal in 1996, and western director for the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture and a coordinator for Presidential Summit on Lake Tahoe.

Tuchmann is now principal and vice president of resource, management and environmental affairs for US Forest Capital L-P.

  

The Engineers

Robert Beschta, forest hydrologist, is a co-author of the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998). Since 1974, Beschta was involved in the teaching, research and extension programs at Oregon State University. His research included suspended and bedload sediment transport of mountain streams, effects of riparian vegetation on stream temperatures, stream temperature modeling, large organic debris, channel morphology, subsurface flow in riparian areas, hydrology of wetlands, peakflow simulation models, road drainage and slope stability, and the influence of management upon stream water quality. Beschta participated in the review of fisheries enhancement projects in Idaho and Oregon for Bonneville Power Administration, was co-PI on a project addressing the cumulative effects of forest practices in Oregon, and a member of the National Research Council committee evaluating factors affecting salmonid stocks in the Pacific Northwest. Beschta joined Ecosystem Sciences in 1999 following his retirement from Oregon State University.

 

John Sessions, a forest engineer specializing in transportation planning, harvest scheduling, forest economics, is co-author of the Umpqua Land Exchange Project Pilot Study Report (July 1998). He has been a member of the Umpqua River Basin Exchange Pilot Project since 1995, and was chair of the Oregon State Scientific Panel to Evaluate O&C Lands Transfer. Since 1992, he has been the logging engineering examiner for the State of Oregon, and member of the advisory team for the 2000/2001 Forestry Program Funding and Position Analysis of the U.S. Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Sessions has been a professor of forest engineering at Oregon State University and a researcher at the U.S. Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station, and has held positions with the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Region and the Division of Timber Management in Washington DC. As a specialist, Sessions has been a consultant to timber projects in Newfoundland, Jamaica, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Zimbabwe, South, Africa, Bhutan, Malaysia, and the Russian Far East, and was a systems analyst and harvesting division manager at the ill-fated JARI Florestal project in Brazil in the early 1980s.

Sessions is a partner in a company that manages a half million acres of forest land, and in 1999 Sessions bought 240 acres in the coast range for $250 an acre.

Sessions is a shareholder in Louisiana-Pacific.