Greetings! Greetings! I’m continuing my international theme this month with a look at a multi-national, cooperative effort by INTERPOL and World Customs Organization (WCO) with the intent of disrupting the wildlife and timber crime trade. In a December 7, 2022, article by industry Intelligence Inc. (http://www.industryintel.com), the APO Group on behalf of INTERPOL shared some … Continue reading Global Crackdown: Operation Thunder 2022
This month I’m taking a little different twist on timber security by looking at theft, but also at global conditions that could have a dramatic impact on the timber industry as a whole for many years to come. This is not the first time that a wood crisis in one part of the world had … Continue reading Energy Crisis in Europe: Firewood Becomes the New Gold
Greetings! This month I’m stepping away from the timber industry to discuss the broader topic of the changing fraud climate because of the pandemic. Even in normal circumstances, the fraud landscape is constantly evolving. Criminals and all industries are locked in a perpetual battle to maintain the integrity of their operations and of the clients … Continue reading How the Pandemic Changed Fraud
Greetings! I’ve shared several articles over the years discussing the various cases where landowners have been scammed during timber harvests by purchasers who violate the terms of their contract. In some cases, landowners are not even aware harvesting is taking place on his/her property. In others, a contract is never even drawn up as landowners … Continue reading Timber Theft Suspect Nabbed in Texas
You may remember I asked for feedback for last month’s newsletter on zone jumping fraud. It’s clear I need to update the term, as many of you let me know, that zones aren’t used in your area and others couldn’t believe the comments I quoted from a few foresters. I can assure you the attitudes … Continue reading Fuel Theft Anyone?
Two conversations related to zone jumping raised some alarming questions for me and if these beliefs are widespread the forest industry has a very large problem. These conversations were with a consulting forester and a procurement forester, both with over 20 years of experience. And to be clear, these were separate conversations. One conversation involved whether or … Continue reading Zone Jumping – Business as Usual?