Boa-Franc, the makers of the Mirage brand and the North America’s most highly regarded hardwood flooring manufacturer, announces that starting April 1, 2009, that it will be in compliance with the Lacey Act to protect against illegal forest practices and trade in forest products.
In complying with this law, Boa-Franc (Mirage) makes international environmental protection a priority as part of its progressive approach to sustainable development. The Mirage brand guarantees customers a peace of mind by providing them with hardwood floors using natural resources from soundly managed and legally harvested forests. Our compliance with this law is in line with steps that we have been taking for number of years now with supplier partners to make sure we offer only legally harvested wood.
“As a renowned leader and specialist in prefinished hardwood flooring, we made a decision at the very start to partner with responsible suppliers who have provided us with legally harvested natural resources for a number of years while adhering to best forestry practices. We take great care in selecting the resources supplied to us to ensure we offer consumers what we do best—the highest quality hardwood floors available on the market,” explained Luc Robitaille, Vice President of Marketing at Boa-Franc, manufacturer of the Mirage brand.
Absolute consistency in grade, species, finish, coloring, width, and thickness guarantees that Mirage prefinished hardwood floors are smooth, uniform, easy to install, and beautiful beyond compare. Mirage also continues to take responsible, concrete action—as it has for the past 25 years—with an innovative approach to sustainable development.
The Lacey Act, first enacted in 1900 and significantly amended several times, is the United States’ oldest national wildlife protection statute. The Lacey Act has been amended to make it illegal to import, export, transport, sell, receive, acquire, or purchase in interstate or foreign commerce any plant—including trees harvested from plantations—taken or traded in violation of domestic or international laws. An amendment extends the statute’s reach to include a broader range of plants and plant products, including timber from illegally harvested plants. Illegal logging robs countries, destroys forests, and competes with legal production and trade. This Act provides the legal authority to take action when products stemming from the practice of illegal logging enter the United States.