|Authorities uncovered illegal deforestation to the tune of 15 cubic metres of quy trin (cylinder) wood along the border of Viet Nam and Laos. — Photo laodong.com.vn
QUẢNG TRỊ (VNS) — Authorities detected this morning illegal deforestation to the tune of 15 cubic metres of quy trin (cylinder) wood along the border of Viet Nam and Laos . The deforestation was detected by authorities of the central Quảng Trị province's Hướng Hia district.
Thirty-five boxes of wood, mainly xoan rừng (Pygeum arboreum Endl) and bời lời (Medang Litsea vang H.Lee) and a self-made whim were seized from the hill top of Chênh Vênh hamlet, Hướng Phùng commune, according to Lao Động (Labour) newspaper.
A four-kilometre route, five kilometres away from the residential area, that had been opened by the loggers to transport the illegally felled wood, was also discovered.
The entire incident came to light when the trucks of the authorities, while moving wood out of the forest, encountered a number of sharp nails on the way.
"We discovered 15 pieces of wood and a lot of nails scattered on the road, suspected to have been placed by illegal loggers," said Lê Văn Quốc from the district's forest guard station.
The miscreants' intention was to puncture the tyres of any cars trying to reach deep into the forest and prevent the guards from moving the wood out of the forest after the seizure.
This was not the first time that nail traps had been set to deter the force.
The confiscated wood is being kept at the district's forest guard station for further examination. — VNS