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Lacey Act. According to Greenpeace -the most Important legislation in over 10 years

Lacey Act. According to Greenpeace -the most Important legislation in over 10 years

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According to Greenpeace the Lacey Act which goes into effect later this year is the the most important piece of forestry legislation in over ten years. Why? The Lacey Act basically states that it is illegal to buy or sell any illegal wood products i.e. flooring furniture in the United States. Once in effect the legislation has the potential to significant reduce the illegal logging found especially in the Amazon where according to experts up to 50% of the wood is illegal.
According to Greenpeace the Lacey Act which goes into effect later this year is the the most important piece of forestry legislation in over ten years. Why? The Lacey Act basically states that it is illegal to buy or sell any illegal wood products i.e. flooring furniture in the United States. Once in effect the legislation has the potential to significant reduce the illegal logging found especially in the Amazon where according to experts up to 50% of the wood is illegal.

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Published by: Peter Rundle on Nov 06, 2008
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Issue Date: May 19/26, 2008, Posted On: 5/28/2008
U.S. bans illegal wood imports
 Liz Switzereswitzer@hearst.com
 
Congress has passed landmark, bipartisanlegislation that prohibits the import of illegallyharvested wood and wood products. TheCombat Illegal Logging Act passed both theHouse and Senate by a margin big enoughto override a presidential veto, making a banon black-market wood products inevitable.Supported by a coalition of conservation,industry and labor organizations, themeasure - rolled into the Farm Bill - expandsthe century-old, wildlife trafficking Lacey Actby extending its protections to the commerceof illegally sourced plants, including woodproducts."Passage of this law marks a new phase inthe global fight to transform the timbertrade," said Alexander von Bismarck,executive director of the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), which spearheadedthe coalition. The EIA has spent a decade investigating illegal logging and trade,bringing the issue to political prominence in the U.S. and the European Union. EIAestimated that 10 percent of annual wood product imports into the U.S. in 2006 - worthan estimated $3.8 billion - are derived from illegally logged timber. "The world's biggestconsumer nation has sent a message that will be heard in forest communities around theworld," von Bismarck said.The amendment was championed by Senator Ron Wyden and Congressman EarlBlumenauer. "After more than a year of work with industry, environmental and uniongroups, we passed legislation that will help bring an end to the practice of illegallogging," Blumenauer said. "Not only does illegal logging threaten some of the world'srichest and most vulnerable forests, but it leads to serious human rights violations. It alsocosts the U.S. forest products industry more than $1 billion every year.""This legislation will go a long way toward not only leveling the playing field for Americanmanufacturers, but in protecting jobs and addressing the illegal-logging crisis," Wydensaid. Reaction in the wood industry has been positive, although full details as to how theban will be enforced and which species are affected are still unclear at this time.

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