Yesterday at around 2:00 p.m. Rangers of SATIIM (Sarstoon Temash Institute for Indigenous Management) discovered that about three miles from the mouth of the Sarstoon River and into a little area called Black Creek, a large quantity of Rosewood was being illegally extracted. We spoke with Greg Ch’oc, Executive director of SATIIM who gave us more details.
“Yesterday, our rangers came upon an illegal operation on the bank of the Sarstoon River. The rangers reported that they found a large quantity of Rosewood on the side of the river along with fuel and also they became aware that there were men who has escaped into the forest. They called in to ask about what option they were to exercise coming across that operation. What I did when I got that information was to communicate it to the Forest Department and the Belize Defense Force, asking whether they could assist n trying to determine the extent of the operation and whether we could bring the Rosewood that was found in the bank of the river”.
Ch’oc makes a plea to the Ministry of National Security or the Ministry of Natural Resources to strengthen border security as he is convinced that these illegal operations are being conducted by Guatemalans.