In the Media
Deforestation continues in Muong Lat District, Vietnam
May 02, 2011
Over 70 families of Hmong ethnic people in Sai Khao village, Muong Ly commune, Muong Lat district in the central province of Thanh Hoa, involved in chopping down forests to grow cassava and maize.
Sai Khao, which was named in historical and poetry books, is no longer a green, romantic place. The jungle is disappearing, replaced by maize and cassava fields. Large trees are sawed to build houses, or to sell to wood traders from Muong Lat town or Son La province. Smaller trees are used as fuel wood to meet the demand for fuel wood.
Luong Hong Chien, Vice chief forest ranger of Muong Lat district, said that “the local forest protection department is unable to protect the forest because there is only one ranger for a commune.”
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Keywords: Asia, deforestation, fire wood, fuel wood, logging, Muong Lat, Vietnam