SFC foils two attempted encroachments into national parks

Makeshift shed and some of the items left behind by trespassers at Kubah National Park.

Makeshift shed and some of the items left behind by trespassers at Kubah National Park.

KUCHING: Rich in biodiversity and well-stocked with valuable timber, the national parks of Sarawak are magnets to various trespassers including poachers, hunters and illegal loggers.

On Dec 14, two attempted encroachments into Kubah National Park and Gunong Gading National Park respectively were stopped dead in their tracks, thanks to the vigilance of park and enforcement personnel of Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) Regional Office in Kuching.

“In the first case, the intrusion into Kubah National Park is believed to be by a group of poachers intent on the extraction of Agarwood (Gaharu) from the park.

“The intruders had made a hasty departure from the makeshift shed that they had put up at the park boundary. From the items left behind, they are believed to be foreigners,” said SFC in a press release today.

SFC pointed out that in the second case occurring at Gunong Gading National Park, the intruders were illegal loggers.

“Their encroachment were detected early by patrolling park personnel who gave chase but were able only to seize two chainsaws and 241 pieces of hewn timber, all of the commercially valuable Shorea species.

“Both encroachments have been reported to the police. SFC will remain vigilant during the upcoming holiday season in safeguarding the National Parks that are under our charge,” SFC added.

Scene of illegal logging at the boundary of Gunong Gading National Park.

Scene of illegal logging at the boundary of Gunong Gading National Park.

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