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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
South-Central Timber Development, Inc. v. Wunnicke
Citation:467 U.S. 82 (1984)
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In 1980, the Alaska Department of Natural Resources published a notice that it would sell approximately 49 million board-feet of timber in the area of Icy Cape, Alaska, on October 1980. Under the published requirement, the successful bidder must partially process the timber prior to shipping it outside of the State. The requirement is imposed by contract and does not limit the export of unprocessed timber not owned by the State. The stated purpose of the requirement is to protect existing industries, provide for the establishment of new industries, derive revenue from all timber resources, and manage the State’s forests on a sustained yield basis. When it imposes the requirement, the State charges a significantly lower price for the timber than it otherwise would. Petitioner, South-Central Timber Development, an Alaska corporation, does not operate a mill in Alaska and customarily sells unprocessed logs.
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