Illegal Tree-felling in Primary Lowland Rainforest at Miao RF, Namdapha Tiger Reserve

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In May, 2011, while birding, Bikram Grewal, Bano Haralu and I noticed Illegal tree-felling in primary lowland rainforest at Miao reserve forest (RF) near Namdapha Tiger Reserve. There is serious loss of lowland evergreen forest in Miao RF and other neighbouring RFs as well as inside Namdapha tiger reserve due to encroachments. A private elephant was dragging giant logs down the steep hillside and and deposited logs at a make-shift timber mill.… Read More

Meghalaya Forest Officials Catch BSF Men Felling Trees in Baghmara Reserve Forests, Meghalaya

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Meghalaya Forest Department officials have caught BSF men felling Sal trees in the Baghmara reserve forest. A truck belonging to the BSF’s 40th battalion was being used and it was loaded with 1.487 cubic metres of fresh cut Sal trees. A diesel and mud mixture was being used to hide the registration number of the vehicle. The forest department has issued a show cause notice to the BSF constable Dharam Dayal who was leading the team. The BSF Deputy Inspector … Read More