KATHMANDU, July 24: Forty-five percent of the total land in the country is covered with forest. Despite this, the country's dependence on other countries for timber is growing.

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.

SURKHET, Nov 24: About a month ago, locals of Barahatal Rural Municipality-4 in Surkhet had informed concerned stakeholders about rampant deforestation and timber smuggling in forest areas. Pagma Area Forest Office and Bheri Divisional Forest Office among other offices were informed about the misdeeds. Yet, none of the offices deployed their teams to investigate.

KATHMANDU, June 18: Locals and some forest officers in Sarlahi have accused the District Forest Officer (DFO) and other forest officers of smuggling forest products from the national and community forests in the district.

RASUWA, May 30: To facilitate the growing demand of timber in reconstruction, six permanent ponds with new technology for improving the quality of timber have been constructed in Rasuwa.

RAUTAHAT, May 16: Rautahat District Court has issued an arrest warrant against Kundan Kushahawa, provincial assembly member of the ruling CPN (Maoist Center), for smuggling timber.

Police seize illegal timber in Rasuwa

February 18, 2018 05:15 am

RASUWA, Feb 18: During a regular patrol, Area Police Office (APO), Thambuchet on Saturday confiscated 19 logs of illegal Salla trees from Brapche.

KATHMANDU, Dec 5: Reconstruction works of heritage site in Kathmandu valley and elsewhere have been hit hard by the shortage of long timber logs, authorities said.   Timber Corporation of Nepal (TCN) has said that it has no stock of long timber logs to provide for reconstruction of heritage sites damaged by the 2015 earthquake.

BARDIYA, August 29: A police squad from District Police Office, Bardiya has confiscated a large amount of illegal Sal trees from the border area, raising concerns over the rise in timber smuggling across Nepal-India border.

UNITED NATIONS, March 4: Interpol says a three-week operation to tackle the illegal trade in wildlife and timber in 43 countries has led to the seizure of $5.1 million worth of illicit products from wild cats to seahorses and the jailing of almost 90 people.

DHADING, Feb 4: Quake victims of Dhading district are bitter after the government failed to live up to its promise of providing timber for house reconstruction even after 20 months of the Gorkha earthquake.

KATHMANDU, Jan 16: The government has said that about 47.9 million cubic feet timbers will be needed for the reconstruction and renovation of the physical infrastructures which were damaged during April 2015 earthquakes.

Four arrested for timber smuggling

January 7, 2017 13:15 pm

SOLUKHUMBU, Jan 7: Authorities here today morning arrested four people on the charge of smuggling timber.

NEPALGUNJ, Jan 5: Police have confiscated a large amount of timber from the house of Brij Lal Loniya, a local of Nepalgunj.

BIRGUNJ, Jan 4: Police in Birgunj confiscated 30 logs while being smuggled from a protected forest on Monday.

KATHMANDU, Dec 21: The government bodies have taken initiative to use timbers from the Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve of Far Western Region for the reconstruction of the historical Kasthamandap Temple.

Four timber smugglers arrested

November 13, 2016 08:08 am

BHIMDUTTANAGAR, Nov 13: Four men involved in timber smuggling have been arrested along with weapons from Sukhadghat, Baisebichuwa VDC-1 of Kanchanpur district.

Eight arrested for timber smuggling

November 8, 2016 09:29 am

KANCHANPUR, Nov 8: Authorities have arrested eight persons including an official of the community forest located at Shankerpur in accusation of timber smuggling.

Rampant timber smuggling going unchecked

September 26, 2016 09:22 am

BARA, Sept 25: Queue of heavy trucks loaded with timbers is not an unusual scene on the streets of Birgunj.

15 districts' quake survivors get timber

September 6, 2016 10:15 am

KATHMANDU, Sept 6: The Department of Forests has distributed 450,000 cubic feet of timber to the last year's earthquake survivors of 15 districts.

BHIMDATTANAGAR,June 17: Collection of timber from the Shuklaphanta Wildlife Reserve has started for the reconstruction of houses destroyed by the April 25, 2015 earthquake.