Poachers in south cut
P16M worth of lumber
BY GILBERT BAYORAN
About 400,000 board feet of banned species of trees, with market value estimated P16 million, have been cut by poachers at the "Wilderness" area in Brgy. Damutan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.
Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Andre Untal reported yesterday that the illegally-cut lauan square timber were transported by poachers through rafting in the Culipapa and Basay rivers, in Hinobaan, Negros Occidental, and Bayawan in Negros Oriental, respectively, and are being sold to fishermen for use in making boat hulls.
Initial investigations by PENRO showed that the trees cut by poachers ranged from 50 to 100 years old.