Hundreds of Merbau Logs Seized by Papua Forestry Office

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Illegal logging in Papua Province - Jubi
Illegal logging in Papua Province – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – A team from the Papua Forestry Office seized 20 cubic-meters of merbau wood while being transported in five trucks without legal documents on Tuesday morning (23/2/2016).

“We seized five trucks from Nimbotong, Nimboran Sub-districk, Jayapura Regency,” said the head of Conservation and Reserve Department at the Papua Forestry Office, Yohanis Huik.

He said hundreds of merbau logs and five truck drivers have been secured at the Papua Forestry Office.

The action, said Huik, was taken after an inspection that they had no legal documents. The move followed a tip-off from citizens reporting about the rise in log mobility from Nimborang region.

Therefore, on Monday (22/2/2016) at around 21:00 Papua time, team moved to Nimboran and found five trucks transporting logs in Nimboton.

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“When being asked, the five truck drivers admitted the logs were belong to a timber businessman domiciled at Nimbokran, but after checking it was not true,” said Yohanis Huik. (*/rom)

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