Tag: u-s-lacey-act

Liquidating the Forests

A new EIA investigative report reveals the largest flooring retailer in the United States is fueling Russia’s illegal logging crisis and endangering Siberian Tigers. Liquidating the Forests: Hardwood Flooring, Organized Crime, and the World’s Last Siberian Tigers reveals that demand for hardwood flooring and furniture in the United States, European Union, Japan, and China is […]

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STATEMENT: Sierra Club Statement on New Evidence of Illegal Logging and Trade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 9, 2013 Contact: Trey Pollard (202) 495-3058 Sierra Club Statement on New Evidence of Illegal Logging and Trade WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Environmental Investigation Agency is presenting striking new evidence demonstrating the extent and complexity of the illegal timber trade, and the continued need to address this urgent problem. Illegal […]

The Harmful Effects of Illegal Logging

A short informational video about some of the negative effects of illegal logging and associated trade, using footage from EIA’s field investigations into the illegal timber trade.

<p>Illegal logging in the Russian Far East is of particular concern because the forests are home to the last 450 wild Siberian tigers. The Lumber Liquidators case was investigated jointly by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Homeland Security Investigations and prosecuted by the Department of Justice under the name “Operation Oakenshield.”</p>

Lacey Act Testimony of EIA Executive Director Alexander von Bismarck

On July 17, 2013 EIA’s Executive Director delivered the below testimony during the Natural Resource Committee’s Oversight Hearing on “Why Should U.S. Citizens Have to Comply with Foreign Laws?” In the testimony, he discusses EIA’s experience from 30 years in the field and focuses specifically on evidence from recent investigations that highlight the harsh realities, […]

Funding the U.S. Lacey Act: Curbing the Illegal Timber Trade

While the passage of the Lacey Act Amendment is a landmark step, it is far from the end of the story. The proper implementation of these provisions will require good regulations and long-term engagement by government agencies, civil society and the private sector. The Lacey Act has the potential to empower communities and civil society […]