Forest rangers in Quang Binh Province were able to stop an illegal gang from removing timber of Sua trees on May 7, which had been earlier cut down by lumberjacks in the Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on April 28.
|Stump of the cut sua tree (Photo:Dantri)|
The forest rangers seized the Sua timber from the gang at Bau Sen Village in Phuc Trach Commune in Bo Trach District.
Pham Hong Thai, head of the Quang Binh Forest Protection Department, said the forest rangers seized almost 366 kilograms of precious Sua timber that had been abandoned by lumberjacks when they made a quick get away after being caught trying to transport it out of the park some days back.
Later they tried to transport it out of the area and even sent about a 100 people to surround the Tro Mong Forest Management Station.
Nguyen Huu Hoai, chairman of the People’s Committee of Quang Binh Province met with the forest rangers in Bo Trach District.
The government has banned the use of Sua wood for commercial purposes and in 2007, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development issued a ban on possession of Sua timber, either wild or cultivated.
However, the high demand for Sua wood for decorative items and medical purposes, particularly in China, has driven up demand and hence the surge in illegal felling and trading of Sua trees.
Rare Sua trees cut down in National Park