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Watchdog group says most Myanmar log exports are illegal; ban likely to have little effect

YANGON, Myanmar - Most of Myanmar's log exports in recent years have been illegal according to international trade data, an environmental watchdog group said Tuesday, in a sign that an export ban due to begin next week is likely to have little effect. The state Myanma Timber Enterprise said the government will prohibit log exports starting April 1 to reduce deforestation and boost the country's wood processing industry.

Indonesia struggles to clean up corrupt forestry sector

Deep in the forests of Borneo island, workmen from an Indonesian timber company fell a tree with a chainsaw, stick a red tag with a serial number onto it and attach a corresponding stub to the stump. This is all part of an arduous auditing process, one of many government attempts to clamp down on illegal logging and clean up one of the country's most corrupt and mismanaged sectors as Western countries demand proof their timber imports are legal.

Logging industry axes production with government shutdown

By Laura Zuckerman SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - Brad Jensen has fought for decades to keep his Idaho sawmill afloat, buying and cutting logs from federal lands to sell in the boom-and-bust U.S. construction industry. But the government shutdown in Washington has forced his family-owned business to grind to a halt, as forests have been closed to loggers amid the ongoing Congressional impasse.

Forest Service stopping logging on national forests across country due to government shutdown

GRANTS PASS, Ore. - The U.S. Forest Service confirmed Friday it is shutting down logging operations on national forests across the country due to the partial shutdown of the federal government. The agency plans to notify 450 timber purchasers across the country early next week that timber sales and stewardship contracts will be suspended, Forest Service spokesman Leo Kay said in an email. "We regret the continued impact on the American public; however we must cease activities that require Forest Service oversight and management during the funding lapse,' he said.

Nova Scotia to ban whole- and full-tree harvesting, government says

HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's natural resources minister says the provincial government plans to ban whole- and full-tree harvesting after reviewing forestry practices across the country. Charlie Parker says the proposed amendments to regulations are intended to ensure the forestry industry is sustainable. Whole-tree harvesting involves the removal of entire trees from forests, while full-tree harvesting sees tree stumps and roots remain.

Illegal logging ravages DR Congo forests, experts say

Multinational companies are profiting hand over fist from abusive forestry practices in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where illegal logging, mislabelled timber and false permits are widespread, according to several non-governmental organisations.
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