Trucking: Safety to Remain a Focus in 2013: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety, Accountability program and the adjustments to its Hours-of-Service regulations have far-reaching effects on the trucking industry and both will continue to be points of emphasis this year.  Read more

ICE Announces Plans to Crack Down on Employers: The pallet, wood packaging and low-grade lumber industries very likely will be a target of the Obama Administration’s renewed efforts to crackdown on the employment of illegal immigrants. Since the 2003 establishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the agency responsible for enforcing immigration laws at the worksite, the wood, pallet and construction industries have been a favorite target of government investigations. High-profile raids have occurred across the country and a number of employers in the wood products industry have been subject to civil fines, penalties and even criminal charges. Read more

Call to Action – The Non-native Invasive Species: According to the U.S. Forest Service inventory and analysis data that was re-analyzed by the Nature Conservancy, every state east of the Mississippi and a fair number of those west of the Mississippi have a stake in ash trees. What the data does not include is the distribution of urban ash trees, which covers nearly the entire 48 contiguous states. In light of this, the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is a significant threat to the ash. While the insect greatly affects the forest and wood industries, it also imposes significant costs on a large number of major cities, including Chicago, Indianapolis, Detroit, Cincinnati, Washington, Baltimore and Pittsburgh, not to mention the thousands of smaller communities all across the upper Midwest. Read more

U.S. Lacey Act:  Under this law it is unlawful to import, export, sell, acquire, or purchase fish, wildlife or plants taken, possessed, transported, or sold: 1) in violation of U.S. or Indian law (this includes lumber and wood products), or 2) in interstate or foreign commerce involving any fish, wildlife, or plants taken possessed or sold in violation of State or foreign law.  An amendment to the act passed in 2008, introduced significant new civil and criminal penalties.  U.S. Department of Agriculture Lacey Act Information


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