SFC foils illegal logging operation at Ulu Sg Sarikei

Part of the 340 log haul at Ulu Sg Sarikei.

Part of the 340 log haul at Ulu Sg Sarikei.

SARIKEI: Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) foiled an illegal logging operation at Ulu Sg Sarikei here on Dec 7 and a total of 340 illegal logs were detained in a raid.

According to SFC in a press release today, unauthorised harvesting activities in a closed logging coupe was first sighted early this month by SFC enforcement team from District Customer Service Centre Sarikei.

“Subsequently, the enforcement team assisted by officers from its Sibu Regional Office raided the area and discovered the illegal logs which are mostly of the mixed light hardwood species,” said SFC.

SFC emphasised that a closed logging coupe is an area where logging is no longer permitted.

“We believe the perpetrators had been using the closed coupe of a short-term license operation to camouflage their illegal logging activities.

“Apart from that, of the 340 illegal logs, nine logs were found to be of the Engkabang species which is protected under the Wild Life Protection Ordinance 1998,” it added.

A police report has been lodged at Jakar Police Station on the same day. The case has been handed over to the relevant authority yesterday for further investigation and disposal.

SFC enforcement staff standing watch over the detained logs.

SFC enforcement staff standing over the detained logs.

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