2011-01-01

Oregonians say Canadian logs are misclassified, undercutting U.S. mills and jobs

Daniel Webster would instantly recognize the lumber trade dispute erupting once again between the United States and Canada.

The legendary American statesman helped settle the Aroostook Lumber War, an 1842 skirmish in the same conflict. But the treaty he negotiated only briefly interrupted the strife that dates all the way back to 1789, when Congress passed a 5 percent tariff that included Canadian lumber.

This time, the fisticuffs feature a cast of obstinate characters including hard-pressed Oregon mill owners, a renegade Canadian lumber baron and North America's most destructive bark beetle.