The New York Times dedicated a front page story (on its website) addressing the issue of illegal logging in Peru and how it affects people who live in the Amazon forest. As consumers of tropical wood, we need to remember to act responsibly when we buy wood. Most exotic wood comes from countries that either can't or don't want to enforce regulations on logging and forest preservation. Therefore, it is up to us as informed makers to stress to our customers and suppliers the importance of obtaining wood from certified forests. If we want to live in a world where mahogany, rosewood, and teak still exist and are able to be used for building furniture, we need to be aware of our sources. If we fail to do so we will literally cut the branches we are sitting on.
The NYT created a short video to explain the scope of this problem in Peru. Click on this link to watch it: H9a5F5
Another video, also by the NYT, shows logging corruption, this time in Russia - selling hard wood to China. This is a shocking video as it reveals how linden, manchurian ash, oak, and other broadleaf trees are illegally cut and sold: cps5o9kf