Pope & Talbot Announces Temporary Shutdown of Three Lumber Mills

    Grand Forks, Castlegar and Fort St. James Saw Mills to Shut-Down for Two
Weeks Due to Market Conditions

    PORTLAND, ORE., October 8 /CNW/ - Pope & Talbot, Inc (Pink Sheets:  PTBT)
today announced a two week shutdown for saw mills located in Grand Forks,
B.C., Castlegar, B.C. and Fort St. James, B.C. The mills, producers of
high-quality softwood lumber products, will be shut-down for two weeks
beginning October 15th to reduce finished goods inventories.

    Pope and Talbot CEO Harold Stanton said the move was necessary due to the
falling prices of softwood lumber products and the continued strengthening of
the Canadian Dollar. "While unfortunate, the shutdowns are a necessary step to
ensure the Company's profitability during these difficult times," said
Stanton. "Moving forward, we will continue to make adjustments as the market

    Pope & Talbot is a pulp and wood products business. The Company is based
in Portland, Oregon and trades on the Pink Sheets under the symbol PTBT. Pope
& Talbot was founded in 1849 and produces market pulp and softwood lumber at
mills in the US and Canada. Markets for the Company's products include the US,
Europe, Canada, South America and the Pacific Rim. For more information,
please check our website and www.poptal.com.

For further information:

For further information: Pope & Talbot, Inc Mark Rossolo, 503-274-405

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