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Flitches of Rosewood Found Illegally Harvested

More than thirty thousand feet of illegally harvested Rosewood in flitch form was confiscated by the Forest Department on Wednesday. The pile of rosewood was found at a wood works factory in Benque Viejo Town and forest officers reported that there was no official marking and documentation for the wood. As a result, the rosewood was crow footed and the owner of the wood workshop was notified of the offence and it is expected that charges will be prepared and levied against him. Rosewood is an endangered species monitored under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and, as such, cannot be cut without a valid license and without ensuring that harvest is both legal and sustainable. Anyone found cutting a tree without permission or in possession of lumber so gotten is committing an offence and liable to prosecution under the law.