Valuable wood smuggled from national park

Forest rangers found 32 Narra Paduak trees on April 16, seemed to have been cut by lumberjacks in the sub-area 434 of the Yok Don National Park.

A view of the Yok Don National Park in Buon Don District of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak (File)

The Narra Paduak trees, which are valuable for their wood and beautiful texture, have a diameter of 0.4 -1.2 meters. The whole tree-trunks of over 100 cubic meters had been transported out of the park.
 
A manager from the Drang Phok Forest Management Station said many stumps and branches of the felled Narra Padauk trees had been burned to mislead inspectors of the forest management agencies.
 
According to the head of the park, forest rangers have found nearly 200 illegal cases of felling and smuggling of hundreds of cubic meters of precious lumber since early this year.
 
The Yok Don Park, located in Buon Don District of the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, has seen hundreds of cubic meters of valuable timber cut down illegally annually.
 
Though forest guards are present everywhere inside the park as well the surrounding access areas to the park leading to Buon Ma Thuot City, they have failed to prevent illegal exploitation and transportation of forest produce.
 
At present, lumberjacks are continually illegally exploiting many precious kinds of wood in 434, 421, 425 and 441 sub-areas of the park. 

By H. Nam – Translated by Hoang Yen

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