|(Photo for illustration) Forest rangers found rare tree species illegally chopped down in Kim Hỷ Nature Reserve in the northern Bắc Kạn Province. — Photo vietnamplus.vn
BAC KAN (VNS) — Rare tree species have been chopped down in Bach Thong District in the northern Bắc Kạn Province, forest protection forces of Kim Hy Nature Reserve said.
Nguyen Don Tu, deputy head of the Bac Kan Forest Protection Department, said so far 23 nghiến (Burretiodendron Hsienmu) and trai lý (garcinia fagraeoides) trees, weighting up to 100m3, were illegally cut down in the mountainous areas of the district's Cao Son Commune.
One cubic metre of nghiến trees may sell for about US$700 in the market.
Due to their high value, many young men in the province violated the ban on cutting the trees and transported them on motorbikes to sell in the district or in neighbouring districts such as Na Ri, Tu said.
The rangers usually meet with severe resistance when they try to catch the culprits, and have to ask for the local police's help.
The district police have summoned 37 persons allegedly linked to the illegal forest logging.
Twelve persons have been arrested so far.
Nghiến is among rare tree species that need urgent protection dueto increased logging in recent times. — VNS