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Illegally Cut Trees in the Monarch Butterfly Reserve

Yaqui for Borderland Beat from: Primerplaneta

Illegally chopped wood seized in Monarch Butterfly Forests:

Zitácuaro, Michoacán: Elements of the National Guard seized 26.41 cubic meters of pinewood in a forest surveillance operation to combat illegal logging and smuggling in the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve.

The assurance was carried out on the Toluca – Morelia highway, in the municipality of Zitácuaro, Michoacán, where they detected a vehicle that transported wood in pine logs, in a green physical state, indicating their recent cut.

The driver tried to prove the legal origin through a forest referral with inconsistencies in its filings. The cut volume is comparable to more than 10 trees cut illegally.

For not respecting forest regulation, and based on Article 170, section II, of the General Law of Ecological Equilibrium and Environmental Protection, the precautionary assurance of the vehicle and transported wood was imposed as a safety measure.

This 3 Hectare parcel which was illegally logged was discovered in May of this year inside the Monarch Biosphere Reserve. They are often then planted with avocado trees, aka Oro Verde, if not discovered. A backhoe was found in here also.

The responsible driver may be entitled to a fine ranging from 100 to 20,000 times the current Unit of Measurement and Update (UMA), equivalent to eight thousand 449 pesos and one million 689 thousand 800 pesos, respectively, in accordance with article 157, Section II of the General Law on Sustainable Forest Development, in addition to the confiscation of forest products, equipment and tools used in the commission of the wrongful act.

              Deforestation is the prime cause of the magnificent butterfly’s decline in numbers

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