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.
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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