The sudden break last June between two companies working on the largest contract in the Four Forest Restoration Initiative appears to have come amid an increasingly rocky relationship.
Documents filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon reveal the partnership between 4FRI contractor Good Earth Power AZ and timber manager Campbell Global crumbled due to disputes and allegations about unpaid fees, insufficient funding, labor and contract mismanagement and behind-the-back maneuvering.
The two companies began working together in October 2013 to complete the 10-year, 300,000-acre 4FRI forest stewardship contract that Good Earth acquired in Sept. 2013. Oregon-based Campbell Global managed on-the-ground forest restoration operations for Good Earth. Twenty months later, in June 2015, Campbell Global initiated the split between the two companies.
Campbell Global kicked off the current legal battle in September, filing a lawsuit that claims Good Earth owes it nearly $3 million in outstanding fees, costs and expenses.