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People's Committee imposes large fines for illegal logging

Update: November, 13/2014 - 15:52
Illegal wood collected at the forest ranger station number 4 of Yok Don National Park in the Central Highlands province of Dac Lac. Another province in the region, Lam Dong, recently fined 14 local men for illegal logging. — Photo baogialai.com

LAM DONG (VNS) — The People's Committee of the central Lam Dong province has fined 14 local men a total of VND700 million (US$33,600), or VND50 million (US$2,400) each, for illegal logging.

The men, who belong to the ethnic K'ho community and are between 20 and 40 years old, were caught in September with 4,881 cubic metres of du sam wood (Keteleeria evelyniana).

The above-mentioned wood is classified as endangered in the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. — VNS

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