|Project by marcosvillamontes||posted 08-03-2012 02:09 PM||2857 views||2 times favorited||20 comments|
Legal wood; Lacey Act and European FLEGT
Here on the lumber forum I wanted to show what legal wood exactly means. This is a true wood project since there are several different steps in the process that are as follows:
1) you need to present proof of legal ownership to the authorities
2) once this is been approved (takes some 3 – 5 months because they lack qualified employees) then you start to map the concession
3) mapping the concession means that an engineer (like me) goes into the actual forest and maps all tree, one by one, on a list with its GPS X and Y coordinates.
4) All these coordinates are then plotted on to a map.
5) The authorities do not authorize to cut everything down, species that are few are forbidden to cut down and from the species that are abundant you can only cut down 90%. (in our case ipe, masaranduba, tigerwood, coffeewood and for the local Brazilian market Aroeira/ Cuchi).
6) Once approved everything you can start cutting, logging and transporting. The control since a few years has become very tight, every step is controlled by the authorities, so if you have 100 logs you cannot ‘in between’ cut an additional 100 extra logs. These additional logs need to have its documents otherwise cannot be transported or stored. The checkpoints are the transport (they check your truck) and storage (they come and check your inventory of everything you have; logs and boards.
7) Finally exporting to other countries can only be done with a document that reflects its load inside the truck/ container. At any moment they can and will check. Wood with no document is automatically confiscated including your truck. On the export document states the concession number, so for the clients this means proof of legal wood and that each board can be tracked back to exactly the spot where the trees have come from
each tree is mapped and receives a number which is attached to the tree itself
the concession is mapped on a satelite map
the entire concession with all its trees indified, one by one
-- Marcos Villamontes, Santa Cruz, http://www.roquevalente.com