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Technologies for log tracking

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One of the essential requirements of any effort to control illegal logging is that the chain of custody for logs must be defined, monitored and maintained. Technologies available for tracking logs from the forest to the mill vary from simple branding or painting systems through to the use of bar coded labels, mechanised coding systems, and radio-frequency identification transceivers. Microtaggant tracers and chemical tracer paints can also be used to thwart or expose fraud or log theft. Although not currently practical for widespread use, chemical and genetic fingerprinting also offer some promise for future use in log tracking.
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Keywords: illegal logging; log labels; log laundering; log tracking; monitoring

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Blue Ox Forestry, 9770 SW Vista Place, Portland, Oregon 97225, USA 2: ForesTech Research and Development Ltd, 66 Thames Street, Christchurch, New Zealand 3: ProForest, 58 St Aldates, Oxford, OX1 1ST, UK

Publication date: 01 September 2003

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