ARGHAKHACHI, April 13: The ongoing lockdown has proved to be a boon in disguise for timber smugglers, according to locals of Kapilvastu and Arghakhachi. A huge number of Sal trees from the government and community forests of the two districts have gone missing recently, they say. Following this, the district forest division office has started patrolling the sensitive areas.
POKHARA, Dec 29: The Federation of Community Forest Users Nepal (FECOFUN) has demanded that the triple taxation imposed on the community forests across the country be repealed, deeming it to be 'unscientific' one
SINDHULI, Oct 21: The forest department has been felling trees in massive scale in several community forests of the district claiming that it was doing for managing the forests scientifically. The department has been felling trees in 33 community forests of the district. Locals are alarmed with these activities stating that the department has been felling even healthy and growing trees.
BAITADI, June 27: The pine forests in Baitadi district are facing destruction due to the reckless collection of resin. The risk of forest fire has also increased due to this. A majority of the 357 community forests in the district are pine forests.
PYUTHAN, May 26: Five years ago, a fire had engulfed the Siddhakanath Community Forest of Jhimruk Rural Municipality-4. However, at the time, the locals were able to contain it within some hours. However, this year, locals remained helpless as the fire raged through the forest and destroyed it. Fire lept through the woods on Wednesday and locals have been powerless in bringing it under control.
RUKUM, April 20: Timber worth Rs 20 million is set to be extracted from a single village in Rukum in the current fiscal year. Preparations have been made to export timber worth Rs 18 million from two community forests alone in Bhume Rural Municipality-1.