DAK LAK — Hundreds of hectares of protected pine tree forests along the National Highway 14 in Central Highlands Dak Lak Province have been seriously damaged due to the loose management of local authorities and illegal logging.
The pine forest along the National Highway 14 runs through the districts of Ea H'Leo and Krong Buk and Buon Ho Town.
Due to illegal logging, the area has been reduced to nearly 273ha from 2,047ha recorded in 1986.
The local authorities are taking measures to protect the remaining forests. They have requested the removal of industrial trees and construction projects in the area and asked for locals' help with protection of the forest with some benefits promised to them. — VNS