Combatting Illegal Logging Through Lacey Act

AF&PA is a strong supporter of efforts to reduce illegal logging around the world, as illegally-sourced fiber causes serious damage to the sustainability of forests, the environment, the industry and the global economy.  

The Lacey Act was originally enacted in 1900 to ban trafficking in wildlife. In 2008, the law was amended to make it illegal to trade plants and plant products - including wood, pulp and paper - that were illegally harvested.

AF&PA policy recommendations include:

  • Oppose legislative changes to the Lacey Act that would undermine the intent and effectiveness of the 2008 amendments.
  • Ensure that the application of the import declaration requirement to highly processed plant products such as wood pulp and paper is not burdensome and costly.

Related: Illegal Logging: Lacey Act One Pager (PDF)