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Posted: Thursday, October 5, 2017. 8:29 a.m. CST.


By BBN Staff: The logging season is quickly approaching and so the Forestry Department is making efforts to remind the public about the new amendments for forest offences which were announced earlier this year.

According to the amendments, persons found with mahogany, cedar, rosewood, santa maria and pine may face prison time or be fined three times the value of the logs in addition to a series of other penalties.

According to Minister of State in the Ministry of Forestry, Omar Figueroa, he believes that the new penalties will deter illegal logging.

According to him, so far, that offence has been greatly reduced. He believes that we need these kinds of penalties to ensure the sustainability of the logging industry.

The Forestry Department has asked that loggers submit their applications before November 30th as there are new measures in place for planning, processing and monitoring logging operations.

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