OCNJ may end fight over Amazon wood

February 26, 2009 8:07:48 AM PST
A battle that has lasted more than two years over a New Jersey beach town's plan to buy boardwalk wood from the Amazon rain forest could come to an end. Ocean City will vote Thursday night on whether to settle a lawsuit with a Baltimore lumber company that was to sell it $1.2 million worth of Brazilian ipe wood before the city changed its mind.

The plan drew the ire of environmentalists around the world.

The proposed settlement would pay the Louis J. Grasmick Company nearly $1 million. The company would ship about a third of the ipe that Ocean City originally ordered. The rest of the shipment would be domestic pine, an inferior brand that wears out sooner, but is easily replaced.

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