U.S. DOJ Forms Task Force to Fight Global Illegal Timber Trade

July 11, 2023

To investigate and prosecute the illegal trade of timber around the world and the deforestation that results, the U.S. Department of Justice has formed the Timber Interdiction Membership Board and Enforcement Resource (TIMBER) Working Group. The group will focus on prioritizing enforcement in respect of timber trafficking by identifying and prosecuting violators, strengthening the abilities of partner foreign governments and removing obstacles to successful enforcement. The TIMBER Working Group is an interagency initiative comprised of members from the Departments of Justice, Agriculture, Interior and Homeland Security, as well as the U.S. Council on Transnational Organized Crime’s Strategic Division.

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