Large Stash of Rosewood Confiscated

vlcsnap-2014-04-14-23h35m12s178Forestry Officers in the Southern Districts have confiscated another stash of Rosewood.  The amount is so large this time, that it is taking several trips for BDF transportation to move the rosewood flitches to their Campsite in the Toledo District for safekeeping. Some time over the weekend Forest Rangers on patrol in the Trio and Medina Bank areas came across tens of thousands of board feet of Rosewood.

It seems they may have called in to the Headquarters and a helicopter was dispatched as we were able to find this photograph on Facebook of a view of a part of the rosewood catch. The rosewood was taken to the Savannah Forest Station just outside of Independence village and there we were able to capture these photographs of the confiscated rosewood. Our sources are claiming almost 40 thousand board feet of rosewood, most of them appear to be freshly cut, something that Belizeans believe should not be happening in a Moratorium after the public outcry which occurred through 2012 and 2013.

vlcsnap-2014-04-14-23h30m48s233You can see the many piles of rosewood; we understand that a few may even contain stamp marks from forestry, with a few of the owners complaining that the ones without stamps were going to be legitimized the very day the confiscation occurred.

vlcsnap-2014-04-14-23h30m32s77We understand that officers are ready to go back out as there may be more rosewood to be confiscated however it appears that red tape is stalling the process.

Several oriental businessmen in the nearby Bella Vista village appear to be purchasing the rosewood on behalf of the some of same players whose names have been in the media over the last two years.

vlcsnap-2014-04-14-23h31m01s113To date, with all the it is interesting that special branch has not been called in to investigate the continued raping of a Belizean natural resource which should be protected.  Senior forest officers were in meeting today and we were unable to get comments after several attempts.

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