Join Dovetail at the Society of Wood Science & Technology's 58th International Convention


Session to address illegal timber trade   


(Jackson, WY) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think-tank, on June 12th at the Society of Wood Science & Technology's 58th International Conference. Dovetail Associate Dr. Ed Pepke will be presenting on the global illegal timber trade and its associated environmental, ecological and social consequences.


The presentation, titled "Impacts of Policies to Eliminate Illegal Timber Trade", will address the multiple and exorbitant costs of the illegal timber trade, and policies that governments and trade associations are increasingly implementing to ensure the legality of imports and exports. Policies enacted in the United States (Lacey Act Amendment), European Union (EU Timber Regulation), Australia and other countries and their direct and indirect impacts on timber trade and markets will be discussed. Improvements to systems for the certification of sustainable timber management to meet the policies' demands for  due diligence will also be discussed. The presentation will include up-to-date analysis of market effects of the policies' implementation. Dovetail Partners recently released a research report of the same name, on which Dr. Pepke served as the lead author. The report can be downloaded here:


Dr. Ed Pepke serves as a Dovetail Associate and is currently the Senior Timber Trade and Policy Analyst for the European Union Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (EU FLEGT) Facility of the European Forest Institute. At Dovetail Partners Dr. Pepke participates in projects involved with his interest and experience in the forest sector, especially international forest products marketing and trade. At the EU FLEGT he is primarily responsible for analytical studies concerning the European Union and global timber markets. Prior to these roles, Dr. Pepke worked for 20 years as the Forest Products Marketing Specialist for the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe and Food and Agriculture Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to the UN, Dr. Pepke worked for the U.S. Forest Service in St. Paul, Minnesota as a marketing and utilization specialist. 


Dr. Pepke also recently served as co-author on two reports published by the European Forest Institute that assess the EU Timber Regulation and FLEGT Action Plan. They can be downloaded at the following links:



The Society of Wood Science & Technology 58th International Convention will take place at Grand Teton National Park in Jackson, Wyoming on June 12th, 2015. For registration and agenda, visit:



About the Society of Wood Science & Technology 

The Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) is a professional society dedicated to the development and maintenance of a unique body of knowledge distinctive to the science and technology of woof and other lignocellulosic materials. SWST encourages communication of this knowledge and promotes policies and procedures that ensure responsible use of wood and lignocellulosic materials. SWST also assures high standards for professional performance of wood scientists and technologists, fosters educational programming, and represents the wood science and technology profession in public policy development.