LOGGED: Twenty-seven illegally-harvested logs of the ‘meranti’ species will be auctioned off
THE Johor Forestry Department will auction off 27 timber logs seized in the Sembrong dam forest in February as no one has come forward to claim the logs.
The timber logs of the meranti species, each measuring 4.8m long, were seized along with 50 logs of the acacia tree and 110 logs of the tual tree were illegally harvested.
They are worth a total of RM23,000, but none has been claimed since February.
Department director Yahaya Mohamood said a report on the illegally harvested timber would be forwarded to the Deputy Public Prosecutor's office to allow the department to claim possession of the logs.
"Nobody has come to claim the timber after we sealed the area.
"But only 27 timber logs are in good condition. The others have decayed," he said.
Yahaya said the department had intensified monitoring of the forest following cases of illegal lumbering activities.
"So far, illegal lumbering in the forest area is under control. We hope nearby villagers will become our ears and eyes and help us to guard the forest, as it is too big for us to fully monitor at all times," he said