Locals uncover illegal logging operation deep in the jungle of central Vietnam

By Hoang Tao   July 13, 2017 | 03:54 pm GMT+7

Authorities in Quang Tri Province claim they had no knowledge of what was going on.

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This is what locals in Huong Hoa District found recently in a forest lying an hour's drive from National Highway 9.

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Most of the trees are mature.

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Some of them have a diameter of nearly one meter.

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They are being cut down for timber before being moved out of the forest.

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According to locals, to process a tree at this size, people would have to camp in the forest.

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If it wasn't for the locals, this timber would have been smuggled out of the forest unnoticed by authorities

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Representatives from Quang Tri's ranger department told local media on Wednesday that they had not received any reports of the situation.