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Dec 8, 2016

Woodwork Factory Owner Nailed with Possible Illegal Rosewood

An operation conducted by officers attached to the Forest Department has yielded a significant haul of illegally harvested rosewood.  On Wednesday,  a site inspection at a woodwork factory in Benque Viejo Town led to the discovery of thirty thousand board feet of flitches.  The pieces of lumber did not bear any official markings or documentations and have since been seized by the Forest Department.  The owner of the workshop, who remains unidentified, has been put on notice and charges for related offences will be laid against him in the days ahead.  Under the Forest Act, it states that no tree shall be felled for timber without written consent from the Forestry Department.  Since rosewood is an endangered species that is closely monitored under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, CITES, and cannot be harvested without a valid license.  For several years, the illegal felling of rosewood has been a recurrent issue in the Toledo District.  It is the first report of an unlawful harvest coming from the Cayo District.

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