Lacey Act

There are strict laws instituted in Northern America that govern the legal and ethical logging, harvesting, and importing practices of woods and plants, ensuring the future sustainability of forests. First passed in 1900, the Lacey Act became the first federal law to protect wildlife. Since then, it was amended in 2008 to include a wider variety of prohibited plants and plant products.

From the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service website:

Under the Lacey Act, it is unlawful to import, export, sell, acquire, or purchase fish, wildlife or plants that are taken, possessed, transported, or sold: 1) in violation of U.S. or Indian law, or 2) in interstate or foreign commerce involving any fish, wildlife, or plants taken possessed or sold in violation of State or foreign law. The law covers all fish and wildlife and their parts or products, plants protected by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and those protected by State law. Commercial guiding and outfitting are considered to be a sale under the provisions of the Act.

In 2008, the Lacey Act was amended to include a wider variety of prohibited plants and plant products, including products made from illegally logged woods, for import.

When the Lacey Act was passed in 1900, it became the first federal law protecting wildlife. It enforces civil and criminal penalties for the illegal trade of animals and plants. Today it regulates the import of any species protected by international or domestic law and prevents the spread of invasive, or non-native, species.

All Urbanfloor products are Lacey Act compliant, ensuring the protection and sustainability of our world’s forests and native wildlife for generations to come.

To view the complete Lacey Act, click here.

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