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Boycott eyed if NJ boardwalk uses rainforest wood

Local News | Feb 26, 2013

Boycott eyed if NJ boardwalk uses rainforest wood

AVON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey shore town facing the threat of a boycott over its plan to use rainforest wood to rebuild a boardwalk destroyed by Superstorm Sandy isn’t backing down.

Avon says it will stick with its plan to use ipe wood.

Several environmental groups asked the borough council to reconsider at a meeting Monday but were rejected. They now plan to organize a boycott of Avon this summer.

Rainforest Relief executive director Tim Keating says there are real questions about whether the wood was harvested responsibly and in a sustainable manner.

But Avon administrator Tim Gallagher says the town has already paid for the wood, which was cut and shipped to a warehouse in North Carolina and awaits transportation to Jersey.

The October superstorm is Jersey’s worst natural disaster.