SFC foils three illegal logging operations in Bintulu and Lawas

Illegal logs being examined at Bintulu-Bakun site.

Illegal logs being examined at Bintulu-Bakun site.

KUCHING: The One-Stop Compliance Centre (OSCC), 48 of which have been deployed by Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) throughout Sarawak, have proved to be invaluable in the State’s campaign against illegal logging.

Over the past week, three illegal logging operations in Bintulu and Lawas have been foiled by OSCC personnel based at Tubau, Trusan and Lawas respectively.

“On Thursday, an enforcement team comprising SFC staff from the Bintulu Regional Office and OSCC Tubau detained 146 pieces of illegal logs at a site located along the Bintulu-Bakun road resulting from a routine patrol at the area.

“The logs were found to be of mixed timber species and amounted to 162m3 (cubic metres) in volume. The illegal logging site is meant to be part of an oil palm plantation but no license has been issued to fell logs there,” said SFC in a press release on January 14.

Meanwhile, in Lawas, enforcement teams based at OSCC Trusan and OSCC Lawas as well Miri Regional Office worked together to uncover an illegal logging operation at Sg. Betanung, Batang Trusan.

“123 logs of various species were discovered within a licensed area but these logs were deemed illegal because the felling site had not yet been endorsed for logging,” SFC added.

Also in Lawas last Wednesday, based on information received from the Forest Department, staff from OSCC Lawas detained 450 logs of various species at Long Ugui. The logs were deemed illegal as they had been felled without a valid license.

All the above cases have been reported to the Police and detained logs would be handed over to the Forest Department for further investigation and disposal.

Scenes of illegal log stacks at Long Ugui (left) and Batang Trusan (right).

Scenes of illegal log stacks at Long Ugui (left) and Batang Trusan (right).

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