Want China Times
Police in Taiwan have arrested a logging crew that was illegally cutting precious wood
species such as stout camphors, incense cedars, redwoods and beeches in national forests in mountainous areas near Wulai in New Taipei.
The nine people arrested Tuesday were found to have stockpiled around 10 tons of logs from the above mentioned trees, valued at an estimated NT$100 million (US$3 million). The stock included several incense cedar burls from trees that were 700 to 800 years old.
Despite the fact that illegal logging carries a maximum sentence of 10 years, many consider it worth the risk because it is a lucrative business.
Police said illegal logging crews typically operate during the typhoon season so that they can float the logs down the rivers when there is torrential rain and mudflows. They then collect the logs along the riverbanks and smuggle the wood to buyers, according to police.
Under Taiwan’s forestry laws, people may salvage driftwood along riverbanks one month after heavy rains or a storm, if local authorities have not removed the wood by then. [FULL STORY]