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Jesse Prentice-Dunn
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As a representative of the Sierra Club’s Responsible Trade Program, Jesse focuses on stopping the trade of illegally harvested timber and ensuring international trade deals are fair for our communities and environment. Formerly Jesse served on Sierra Club’s transportation team in Washington, DC, helping secure historic vehicle efficiency standards of 54.5 mpg by 2025 and promoting transit, biking and walking. Currently based in Denver, Colorado, Jesse is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Entries by Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Going Undercover to Fight Illegal Logging

(2) Comments | Posted October 17, 2014 | 11:36 AM

Going undercover to plant GPS trackers on truck shipments sounds like a plotline from the TV drama 24, or a James Bond movie. But that's just what Greenpeace did to track shipments of illegally-logged timber from the Amazon rainforest in Brazil to sawmills and eventually overseas, including the United States...

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Illegal Logging in Peru Takes a Deadly Turn

(0) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:39 AM

Often we think of illegal logging as a threat to ecosystems and wildlife. However, this week provided a tragic reminder that illegal logging harms not only harms plants and animals, it also threatens people and communities around the globe. In a remote region near Peru's border with Brazil, a prominent...

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Fighting Illegal Logging With Your Cell Phone

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 10:48 AM

Illegal logging accounts for up to 30 percent of all timber traded worldwide, harming communities, undercutting American jobs, and increasing carbon pollution. With criminal operations moving deep into remote areas of forest, fighting back may seem impossible. However, a new startup is proving that it's possible to fight...

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The Lacey Act, Leading the Fight Against Illegal Logging

(0) Comments | Posted April 3, 2014 | 4:25 PM

From furniture to paper and pencils, wood products are a part of our everyday lives. Though wood products are now more than ever coming from sustainable sources, up to 30 percent of wood traded internationally has been harvested illegally. Not only does illegal logging damage the environment, it disrupts our...

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Fighting Illegal Logging With Numbers

(1) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 3:18 PM

Earlier this month, Congress did something it hasn't done in years -- pass a budget. Thankfully, now that funding levels have been set for 2014, members of Congress are already looking ahead to the budget for 2015. Much more than a bunch of numbers, the 2015 budget will provide Congress...

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Illegal Logging and Wall Street?

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2013 | 1:57 PM

It's been a rough start to the holiday season for Lumber Liquidators, the top-selling flooring retailer in America. Last month I noted that federal officers raided Lumber Liquidators headquarters, investigating whether the company had imported illegally logged wood products from eastern Russia, the home of the critically endangered...

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Corporate Criminals and the Need for Strong Protections Against Illegal Logging

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 5:31 PM

On an otherwise ordinary Thursday this fall, officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raided the corporate headquarters of Lumber Liquidators, the top-selling flooring retailer in America, in Toano, Virginia. Along with agents from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Justice Department, ICE agents were...

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