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Friends for Conservation and Development cites US$18 million in mahogany and cedar stolen

Friday, August 28, 2015. BMG: An annual report on illegal logging activities in the Chiquibul National Park, released by co-managers Friends for Conservation and Development, states that some US$4.248 million in cedar and US$5.199 million in mahogany was cut and sold off from the park between 2010 and 2012. belize-chiquibul-forest-reserve-telethon-02

According to FCD there has not been any visible signs of illegal logging since September of 2014; that is because loggers are afraid to come too deep into Belize to find more having already extracted those close to the Guatemalan border.

The logs are taken from a zone measuring 45,567 hectares or 176 square miles as of 2015, more than 2.5 times the size in 2010 and 4.4 times the size of the Caracol Archaeological Reserve.

Overall, a total of 8.7 million board feet of lumber have been illegally extracted from the Chiquibul Forest, having with an estimated monetary value of US$18. 8 million, or $BZ37.6 million.

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