JUAN CAAL Reporting: The issue of illegal Rosewood harvesting has disappeared from the national news headlines. But the practice is still going on in the Toledo district. But this time it appears to be the handiwork of Guatemalans who enter Belize illegally to cut the precious hardwood.
On February 6, our Toledo correspondent Juan Caal was embedded with a team on rangers from the Sarstoon Temash National Park that was on a patrol in the area of Black Creek.
The area is near to the Belize-Guatemala border and during their patrol, the rangers came across what appeared to be a well-planned operation, including about three dozen rosewood flitches and fuel, believed to have been used to illegally harvest the rosewood trees.
The illegal loggers, apparently tipped off of the approaching patrol, dispersed into the jungle.
For safety reasons, the rangers left the area, and reports are that the illegal Guatemalan loggers, under the cover of night, returned to the Black Creek area to remove the rosewood flitches.
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