- Associated Press - Sunday, October 25, 2015

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) - The contractor on a massive forest thinning project in northern Arizona and a timber manager split up over allegations of unpaid fees, insufficient funding and other issues, according to federal court documents.

Portland, Oregon-based timber manager Campbell Global filed a lawsuit last month in U.S. District Court in Oregon against Good Earth Power AZ. Good Earth Power is tasked with thinning 300,000 acres as part of the Four Forest Restoration Initiative. It brought on Campbell Global in October 2013.

They parted ways in July but did not say why, citing confidentiality agreements.

But Campbell Global filed a lawsuit last month, accusing Good Earth Power of breaching a contract. The timber manager said Good Earth Power owes nearly $3 million in outstanding fees, the Arizona Daily Sun reported (https://bit.ly/1GZpRvm ).

Good Earth acknowledged the debt and offered to make regular payments starting with $100,000. According to the suit, Good Earth did not follow through and has only paid $18,000.



The contractor issued its own counterclaim Oct. 13. Good Earth said in a response that Campbell Global failed to follow contractual obligations, delaying thinning operations. Campbell Global should not receive the $3 million it’s claiming, the company stated.

Good Earth also accused the timber manager of failing in other ways, saying Campbell Global did not watch prevailing wage payments to subcontractors, which led to U.S. Department of Labor fines. It also didn’t enroll Good Earth on time for federal subsidy programs, according to the counterclaim.

A message left with a Good Earth spokeswoman was not immediately returned. A representative for Campbell Global declined to comment.

Good Earth representatives have said the company will take on the work Campbell Global was doing. It also plans to build a lumber mill.

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