2008 Lacey Act Amendment Successful in Reducing U.S. Imports of Illegally Logged Wood

Recently published research by U.S. Forest Service economist Jeff Prestemon supports the contention that the 2008 Lacey Act Amendment reduced the supply of illegally harvested wood from South America and Asia available for export to the United States. Using monthly import data from 1989 to 2013, Prestemon, project leader of the Forest Service Southern Research…  More 

Electronic Noses and Forests

What if a machine could detect insects and diseases in living trees or help prevent log theft and illegal logging by tracking individual logs from the forest to the lumberyard? What about a machine that researchers could use to identify and understand the ecological roles of microorganisms, insects and other invertebrates that live in and…  More 

Combatting Illegal Logging in Peru

In Peru, the USDA Forest Service is currently collaborating with the Government and counterparts to enhance forest sector governance and promote legal trade in timber products.The work is vital in helping the country to comply with the obligations detailed in the Environment Chapter and Annex on Forest Sector Governance  (the Annex) of the US-Peru Trade…  More