Forest department kicks into high gear

An enforcement officer checking the seized logs at Sungai Senunok, Tatau.

KUCHING: Some 1,704 illegal logs of various sizes and species have been seized in the first week of the month as the Forest Department continues its operations against illegal logging in the state.

On Jan 5, the department confiscated 247 logs which had been hidden along a riverbank in Batang Mukah.

This was followed by a seizure of 1,457 logs at Sungai Senunok, Tatau, on Jan 8.

The value of the seized logs has yet to be ascertained until investigations are completed.

The department said investigation papers had been opened in both cases to allow further action to be taken.

It said the operations were carried out following a tip off from the public.

“Acting on the information given, the department’s air surveillance team monitored the locations before sending in enforcement teams from the Mukah and Bintulu regional offices,” it said in a statement.

State forestry director Sapuan Ahmad thanked the public for their cooperation in channeling information in illegal logging activities to the department.

He said integrated operations with other enforcement agencies would continue to be conducted, along with air surveillance and frequent patrols.

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