By his own admission in a 2015 criminal plea agreement, Washington state sawmill owner Harold Clause Kupers suspected he had been buying logs illegally harvested from Gifford Pinchot National Forest. Besides his confession, DNA from the illegal timber—not from Kupers—implicated him in the crime.
Laws & Policies
Updates from the FLI
This FLA case study looks at community forestry in Honduras.
This case study examines IKEA's risk management approach in China.
Tools & Guides
Many countries have enacted log export ban policies to protect forests or to bolster their domestic timber industry.
The Sustainable Procurement Guide and resources were developed to assist sustainability officers and business procurement managers, especially major purchasers of wood and paper-based products lacking “in-house” forest and forestry expertise.
The Risk Tool provides country- and species-focused information to help buyers and importers understand the legal context of the products they buy. The tool helps save time and money in the process of conducting due care and due diligence.
Helpful contacts are experts in issues related to the harvesting, manufacturing, transporting, selling, buying, and tracking of legal wood and wood products. They come from a wide variety of industries, service providers, consultancies, nonprofit organizations, academic insitutions, and government bodies. If you need an expert, look here - and if you are an expert, add yourself to our list.