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BTV raises alarm over illegal lumber in Colombia Forest Reserve

Posted: Tuesday, April 23, 2024. 3:01 pm CST.

By Breaking Belize News Staff: The Belize Territorial Volunteers (BTV) is raising the alarm about illegal harvesting of lumber in Colombia Forest Reserve, with encroachers going as far as establishing a road to facilitate this illegal activity just kilometers away from a Belize Defense Force (BDF) outpost.

The BTV conducted a four-day expedition in the reserve and have returned to report their findings. The team stumbled upon thousands of feet of lumber, being illegally harvested allegedly by Guatemalans. Most concerning is a road that has been built within the reserve as a transport route for the illegal lumber.

“This has stirred significant dismay among the BTV members and it should also be of concern to the conservation community at large,” BTV said, condemning the encroachment and exploitation of Belize’s natural resources.

The BTV is calling on the Forest Department and the BDF to intervene and put a swift end to this ongoing environmental degradation.

“Such actions not only undermine the integrity of protected areas but also pose a grave threat to biodiversity and ecological stability. The BTV urges for immediate measures to halt this trespass and preserve the invaluable natural heritage of Belize for present and future generations,” a BTV statement said.

 

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