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Lacey Act

U.S. Illegal Timber Imports Are Down, But More Work Remains

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.28.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Last week hardwood flooring giant Lumber Liquidators pleaded guilty before a federal judge in Norfolk, Virginia for importing illegally sourced wood into the U.S. It is also a strong message that the United States intends to crack down on the illegal timber trade using the Lacey Act.

Clear-Cut: Lumber Liquidators Pleads Guilty to Importing Illegal Wood Products

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 10.08.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

In addition to pleading guilty to several charges, the company agreed to pay millions in fines and to implement a compliance plan to ensure their products are sourced legally in the future.

Four Reasons Not To Trust The TPP To Save Endangered Animals

Ben Beachy | Posted 09.23.2015 | Green
Ben Beachy

We do not need to rely on another unenforceable trade deal that may, in fact, pose threats to their habitats. Other more effective tools exist to reduce illegal wildlife trade -- ones that are free of the TPP's threats to the environment.

Floored: The True Cost of Unenforced Trade Deals

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

The lack of enforcement of the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement has allowed the illegal timber trade to flourish and has put our environment, climate, businesses and consumer rights at risk. And now the United States is negotiating a new free trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), that includes the U.S., Peru, and ten other countries.

American Dentist Identified As Killer Of Famed Lion In Zimbabwe

The Huffington Post | Nick Visser | Posted 07.29.2015 | World

An American dentist with an affinity for killing rare wildlife using a bow and arrow has been identified as the man who shot and killed...

Leading the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 04.13.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Did you know that up to 30 percent of all wood traded globally has been obtained illegally? Around the world, illegal logging remains a serious problem, threatening communities, funding organized crime, and undercutting American jobs.

Blood Wood

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 03.24.2015 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Illegal logging threatens communities by destroying the forests on which they depend, depriving local governments of tax revenue and funding organized crime.

Going Undercover to Fight Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

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.

Tigers Don't Want Their Forests Liquidated

Michael Brune | Posted 12.02.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

You shouldn't have to worry that installing a new hardwood floor in your kitchen will rob Siberian tigers of their home.

Illegal Logging in Peru Takes a Deadly Turn

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 11.15.2014 | World
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

In a remote region near Peru's border with Brazil, a prominent activist, Edwin Chota, was shot and killed, along with three community leaders. Suspected in the killings were illegal loggers, who have long tried to extract tropical hardwoods in nearby forests.

Fighting Illegal Logging With Your Cell Phone

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Recycling used cell phones to combat deforestation is an encouraging development -- hopefully one that will be replicated and scaled up around the world. However, efforts to combat the act of illegal logging must be paired with efforts to curb the demand for illegally harvested timber from importing countries.

The Lacey Act, Leading the Fight Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 06.03.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Now, companies that import wood products must identify the species and origin of their products. Violators of the law face fines and jail time.

Fighting Illegal Logging With Numbers

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 04.02.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

Thanks to the Lacey Act, we've already made progress in slowing the trade of illegal wood products, but we still have a ways to go.

Illegal Logging and Wall Street?

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 02.09.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

There is a clear need for the U.S. to fully enforce the Lacey Act, the most effective tool we have to stop illegal logging and associated trade, and hold companies accountable for importing illegally harvested timber.

Corporate Criminals and the Need for Strong Protections Against Illegal Logging

Jesse Prentice-Dunn | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green
Jesse Prentice-Dunn

On an otherwise ordinary Thursday this fall, officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement raided the corporate headquarters of Lumber Liquidators, the top-selling flooring retailer in America, in Toano, Virginia.

Reverb: The New Green Sound

Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz | Posted 11.10.2013 | Green
Daniel Cespedes and Izzy Weisz

Remember when concert tours were eco-friendly? Yeah, me neither. But this, "said no one ever," is potentially on its way to being a, "said everyone." Reverb, a non-profit, is working to green-ify music tours and do outreach and education.

Earth to Tea Party: Lacey Act Still Working

Glenn Hurowitz | Posted 07.16.2013 | Politics
Glenn Hurowitz

Last year, Tea Party Members of Congress temporarily persuaded GOP leadership to abandon their usual political acuity and launch a series of attacks on the Lacey Act, one of America's most successful environmental and economic laws. You'd think this might be too much even for the Tea Party.

The Lacey Act: A Sharp Tool From the Climate Action Shed

Ilana Solomon | Posted 06.03.2013 | Green
Ilana Solomon

Some of the world's greatest and most vital forests are currently being threatened by illegal exploitation. The Lacey Act not only helps save these woodlands from destruction, but it also supports indigenous communities who are protecting their lands from illegal encroachment.

Defiant Guitar CEO Claims $300,000 Settlement Necessary To 'Avoid Further Damage'

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 08.08.2012 | Business

On Monday, federal prosecutors announced a deal has been reached between the government and Gibson Guitar Corp., resolving a criminal case against the...

New Legislation Threatens American Jobs and Forests

Ilana Solomon | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Ilana Solomon

One can only imagine how many more billions H.R. 3210 would cost the American economy, not to mention the cost incurred on global ecology.

Businesses Are Opposed to Efforts to Undermine the Lacey Act: They don't Want to Compete Against Illegal Loggers

Jake Schmidt | Posted 09.22.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

This week the U.S. House of Representatives is poised to vote on a bill to undercut efforts to address illegal logging.

Dave Matthews Band on Deforestation & Illegal Wood

Jake Schmidt | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The Lacey Act is under attack by some companies and Members of Congress and House Leadership is pushing for this bill to come up for a vote by the whole House before the end of July. Passage of this bill would be devastating for efforts to address deforestation.

House Committee Votes to Allow Illegal Loggers to Pillage World's Forests

Jake Schmidt | Posted 08.08.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

It is time to stand up against illegal logging and for American business, musicians that want instruments that are untainted, American workers, companies that want legal wood, and communities around the world devastated by deforestation.

The Lacey Act and the Law

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 07.11.2012 | Green
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Two days ago, I pointed out Senator Rand Paul mislead the public regarding the arrest of two men for violating the Lacey Act by illegally harvesting lobsters. Senator Paul responded and implied that it was I, in fact, who was misleading the public.

Rep. Earl Blumenauer Needs to Brush Up on His Legal Research Skills

Sen. Rand Paul | Posted 07.09.2012 | Politics
Sen. Rand Paul

I was disappointed to read Rep. Blumenauer's piece on this site titled "Truth Takes A Back Seat in Lacey Act Hearing." In that piece, Rep. Blumenauer called me a liar and proceeded to set forth a series of unsubstantiated claims.