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The American forestry industry is a critical element of U.S. manufacturing

The American forestry industry is a critical element of U.S. manufacturing and economies of communities nationwide. 650 facilities operate in the sawmill, millwork, and treating sectors.

11 million U.S. landowners managing 640 million acres depend on a strong domestic lumber industry.

The U.S. softwood lumber industry is under severe strain from unfairly traded imports of lumber from Canada. Canadian lumber producers claim that any disadvantage for U.S. producers is due to inefficiency in the U.S. industry.

But, the U.S. lumber industry is highly competitive and is rated among the most efficient lumber industries in the world. Independent studies, including Canadian studies, show that the cost of manufacturing lumber in the United States is comparable to or lower than the cost in Canada.

The Canadian industry's only real advantage over the U.S. industry is access to taxpayer-subsidized Canadian timber, which dramatically -- but artificially and unfairly -- lowers Canadian producti…