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Illegal Logging

ILLEGAL LOGGING

Illegal logging occurs all over the world - not just in the South America but also in places like the Russian Far East - and is typically defined as extraction of trees in contravention of any state, foreign, or tribal law. Examples include timber theft, logging in a national park or protected area, or cutting trees without proper authorization from relevant agencies.


According to the international police organization Interpol, the illegal logging trade could be worth as much as $100 billion worldwide. It has also been linked to a rise in murders and corruption, as criminal groups move into remote forest areas. (source: BBC, February 2013).

Estimated rates of illegal logging for many major producers of South American hardwood are quite high

Country Estimates of Illegal Harvest*
Brazil 35-73%
Bolivia 50-80%
Cameroon 22-35%
Ghana 59-65%
Indonesia 40-61%
Malaysia 14-25%

* Sources: Chatham House 2010, CBI Policy Intelligence FLEGT 2012, FAO 2012

Illegal Logging Policia

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HOW TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

There are many certifying bodies in the industry that claim that their wood is legally and responsibly harvested but there is only one accepted by the mainstream green building community. Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) has the most stringent standards that can trace wood directly back to its source and prove that is was harvested legally and sustainably. Knowing where the wood comes from is the first step in combating this problem.

Over the past 20 years, FSC® has earned a reputation as the most rigorous and credible forest certification. It is the only forest management certification supported by groups such as:

  • World Wildlife Fund
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Greenpeace
  • Sierra Club
  • US Green Build Council ( exotic hardwoods )

WHERE CAN I BUY FSC® HARDWOODS?

WalkGreen™ offers premium-quality exterior hardwood products - decking and rainscreen siding - from 100% FSC® certified forest in the Amazon.

WalkGreen™ is a division of The Magellan Group, Ltd. Learn More

The Magellan Group, have been members of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) since 1995. We have supplied FSC® pine products for many years and when we expanded our product selection we decide to only carry 100% FSC® certified hardwood's which are sold under the WalkGreen™ division.

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