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2013-10-16 12:25:59

Illegally Harvested Wood Undermines American Economy PITTSBURGH, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) union today called for greater support for American lumber workers in response to a report from the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) demonstrating how wood is illegally harvested abroad and sold in the United States. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20080131/DC12982LOGO) The troubling EIA report highlighted the extent and...

2013-09-27 12:22:51

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- According to news sources, federal authorities from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in coordination with US Fish and Wildlife and Department of Justice, executed search warrants on Thursday for the offices of Lumber Liquidators in connection with an investigation into possible violations of the Lacey Act. The Lacey Act is a century old law amended in 2008 to ban the trade of illegal...

2013-05-14 08:36:54

NEUILLY-SUR-SEINE, France, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Bureau Veritas Certification has launched a dedicated Due Diligence Solution for the forest, pulp and paper, packaging and wood products industries in response to the recent entry in application of the European Union Timber Regulation 995/2010 (EUTR). Forty clients in key areas such as China, South East Asia and Europe have already implemented the Due Diligence Solution. The aim of this new regulation is to...

2013-03-12 08:21:48

BANGKOK, March 12, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Efforts to conserve precious hardwoods in Asia, Africa and South America were given a critical boost today at the meeting of the 177-nation Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), in the face of significant pressure from increasing global demand. In response to this threat, four source countries - Madagascar, Belize, Thailand and Vietnam -requested international support from CITES for their efforts to control rampant...

2013-03-06 12:26:58

Forest Certification Will Be a Key Tool in Efforts to Crack Down on Illegal Logging WASHINGTON and STOCKHOLM, March 6, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Kathy Abusow, President and CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative(®) Inc. (SFI(®)), today applauded the European Union Timber Regulation (EUTR), which took effect March 3 and prohibits illegally harvested timber or products derived from such timber to be brought in the European Union. "Illegal logging undermines responsible...

Monarch Butterflies Get A Break From Mexican Perils
2012-08-17 07:07:31

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Every fall, millions of Monarch butterflies make the 3,000-mile journey from Canada along the California coastline to central Mexico. Clouds of black, orange and white butterflies descend upon the oyamel fir trees in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve. The Reserve is 200 square miles in the state of Michoacan, Mexico. One of the biggest obstacles that has faced the butterflies who winter in Mexico was deforestation by illegal...

2012-08-06 14:20:33

WASHINGTON, Aug. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a Criminal Enforcement Agreement with the Department of Justice, Gibson Guitar Company today acknowledged responsibility for importing illegal wood into the United States and incurred penalties, totaling a minimum of $600,000, including the forfeiture of wood taken from the protected forests of Madagascar. Find DOJ's full press release at: http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2012/August/12-enrd-976.html "The resolution of the first criminal...

2012-06-27 10:20:59

WASHINGTON, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The World Resources Institute (WRI) today announced the launch of the Forest Legality Risk Information Tool, an open-access global information website designed to assist purchasers of forest products in securing fiber from legal sources. The risk tool, a project of the Forest Legality Alliance, was partly funded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative®( )(SFI®) through its Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. The...

2011-06-29 06:00:00

WASHINGTON and DALLAS, June 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Kimberly-Clark and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced the expansion of Kimberly-Clark's membership in the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN), a WWF initiative to eliminate illegal logging and conserve the world's most valuable and threatened forests. Kimberly-Clark will now include its worldwide operations in the initiative, building on its existing GFTN membership in select countries. The participation scope now...

2011-03-31 00:38:00

Brussels and Washington Should Think Twice Before Acting JAKARTA, Indonesia, March 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the European Union considers trade measures to limit paper imports from China, the motives behind this effort are now clear - a global campaign against forest industries in Asia - cloaked with Green rhetoric to save the forests - to shore up uncompetitive pulp and paper producers in Europe and the U.S. The campaign to get the EU to limit paper imports from China based...