Villagers there said a local working closely with an Asian have been cutting down young trees for export.
“Very young trees were being harvested,” one member of the community told the Solomon Star during a visit to the area last week.
He said pile of young logs ready for shipment is still lying there.
“We witness where the logs were harvested, and we are wondering whether the two felling and log export licenses for the activity.
Another member of the community said the local was planning to plant rice in the area.
“But that could be an excuse for removing the premature logs with the help of the Asian.
“We want the Ministry to investigate the activity immediately because the logs are ready for export.”
He said worse still, the trees were removed from a seaside.
“This must be against the laws of the country.”
Permanent Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Forestry, Jeffery Wickham when asked about the matter said his Ministry will look into the claims.
“I will inform my officers in Seghe to check on the activity.”
He said if the claim was true, then the Ministry will take appropriate action because it is illegal to harvest and export youngunder-size logs.”
By Denver Newter
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