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Task Force to Fight Illegal Logging in Zhangping, China

April 25, 2006 - Forestry officials in East China's Fujian Province have established a special task force to fight illegal logging in Zhangping, according to an article posted by the China Daily.

The establishment of the task force follows the destruction of hundreds of hectares of virgin forest in the district, located in the west of Fujian. More than 170 hectares of virgin forest had been lost because of the unlawful logging in less than two years in Guxi Village, Yongfu Town in Zhangping, the article states.

Fujian Provincial Forestry Bureau officials say the team will investigate local forestry farms and wood processing factories.

Zhangping has abundant forest resources with a forest coverage rate of 76.8 per cent. The city is regarded as one of the most important forestry producing regions in southern China.

Forestry officials say illegal logging had been "rampant" since 2003. They said a total of 700 hectares of forest around Guxi Village had been illegally logged, including 170 hectares of 100-year-old virgin forest.

SOURCE: China Daily




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