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What do Siberian Tigers and American forestry workers have in common?

What do Siberian Tigers and American forestry workers have in common?

Both are threatened by the illegal timber trade, which destroys forests and undercuts responsible forest industry – and the good jobs it provides – with cheap, black market timber from around the world. In areas like the Russian Far East high levels of corruption and weak governance fuel the plunder of biodiverse, old growth forests to remove high-value timber, such as oak, ask, elm and linden. Black market actors reap profits from illegal timber, harvested from forests communities depend on for livelihoods and home to endangered animals, like the Siberian tiger. Meanwhile, illegally-sourced wood is processed into products sold to U.S. consumers, threatening the jobs of millions of Americans working in the forest industry in the United States. Irresponsible and unsustainable trade in illegally sourced timber and wood products can be stopped if the government fully enforces and companies comply with the Lacey Act. One of the United States’ oldest conservation laws, the Lacey Act was amended in 2008 to prohibit the import and trade of illegal timber into the United States. Help save forests, communities, and wildlife by supporting the Lacey Act.

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Recent Reports

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Recent Press Releases

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Recent Videos

Mukula Cartel
12/05/2019
In Zambia the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) found that a handful of very high profile figures have apparently orchestrated and facilitated massive trafficking operations for years that are driving mukula rosewood trees to the edge of commercial extinction, devastating vulnerable forests and threatening communities’ livelihoods
Japan’s Ivory Trade Faces Intensifying Opposition at Home and Abroad (Japanese Subtitles)
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