Canadian Forest Service Publications

The Wood ID Project: Cataloguing Canadian trees to help tackle illegal logging. 2020. Williams, M.; Isabel, N.; Ho, V-M.; Farr, K.; and Duchesne, I. Natural Resources Canada - Canadian Forest Service.

Year: 2020

Issued by: Atlantic Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 40269

Language: English

Availability: PDF (download)

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Illegal logging is the harvesting of wood in violation of laws and regulations in place in a given country. International trade of illegal wood products accounts for 15 to 30 percent of all timber sold worldwide and the inability to identify this material increases the risk of finding products derived from illegally sourced wood on store shelves. Illegal logging is also hurting biodiversity and slowing down the fight against climate change as well as affecting forest dependent communities. Canada has joined the international community in their effort to improve the traceability and identification of wood in international markets. The Wood ID Project is contributing to a worldwide effort to create a reference database of tree species using biochemical and genomic profiles and anatomical features to accurately identify wood products

Also available under the title:
Le projet Identification du bois: Inventorier les espèces d’arbres canadiens pour appuyer la lutte contre l’exploitation forestière illégale (French)