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The United States' Precedent-Setting Ban on the Import and Trade of Illegally Sourced Wood
In May 2008, the United States Congress passed landmark legislation to address the U.S. market’s role in the global illegal logging crisis, becoming the first country in the world to ban the import of illegally harvested wood and wood products.
Fact Sheet: Are you ready for the Lacey Act?
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Animation: The Lacey Act: The World's First Ban on Trade in Illegal Wood.
Resource: Frequently Asked Questions about the U.S. Lacey Act, the World's First Ban in Illegal Wood Products.
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"The US has the capacity to precipitate a global fightback against illegal logging. The legislation proposed is elegant and non-bureaucratic… It adds no burden to the people who are already getting it right and it incentivizes those who know they are currently getting it wrong, prompting them to do the right thing. That is what good law should be all about.” --Barry Gardiner, The U.K. Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Forestry, October 16, 2007, in written testimony to a hearing on the Legal Timber Protection Act
“… the American Forest & Paper Association, the Hardwood Federation, and the Environmental Investigation Agency – deserve a tremendous amount of credit for sticking with this and finding a solution that everyone could support. I applaud them for their hard work, the maturity with which they approached the issue, and the respect that they showed each other throughout the process. Their conduct is model for how things should work in Washington.” –Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), August 1, 2007, upon introducing the Combat Illegal Logging Act on the Floor of the U.S. Senate
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