The Forest Department has been collaborating with the general public and employing a community monitoring and report system to uncover illegal logging and smuggling of forest products.
From 7 to 10 February, officials confiscated 9.3460 tonnes of illegal teak from Hponetone forest reserve in Mawlaik Township, 52.8364 tonnes of illegal teak, ironwood, shorea oblongifolia, arjuna, and shorea robusta from Pyuangtwe forest reserve plots no.92, 93 and 94 in Kyunhla Township, 4.9280 tonnes of illegal teak and other woods from one mile west of Koehtaungbo Village in Kantbalu Township, 7.4984 tonnes of illegal teak and ironwood from Yoma forest reserve in Yedeshe Township, 29.5608 tonnes of illegal wood from Yonepin forest reserve plot no.60 and 72 in Lewe Township, 2.0558 tonnes of illegal wood near Ohhteintaung Village in Singaing Township, 5.8954 tonnes of illegal wood from plot no.45 of Mahuyar forest reserve in Hlegu Township, 7.2780 tonnes of illegal wood in Mabein Township, and 7.3770 tonnes of illegal wood near milepost 12/2 on Gwa-Ngathaingchaung Highway.
The Forest Department has also apprehended 4 suspects and have filed cases at relevant police stations for the illegal activities.
More than 600 tonnes of illegal wood seized
The Forest Department is working closely with public participation and a community monitoring and report system to uncover illegal logging and forest products. According to reports sent by the forest department offices of Nay Pyi Taw Council and the states and regions, officials have confiscated 199.2178 tonnes of teak, 151.5200 tonnes of hardwood and 308.0766 tonnes of other wood (a total of 658.8144 tonnes), arrested 43 suspects and seized 39 vehicles between 3 to 9 February.—Nyi Nyi Than (Nay Pyi Taw) (Translated by Zaw Htet Oo)