Nearly 200 35-year-old pines poisoned and felled in Quang Nam province | National

About 200 35-year-old pine trees in Section 6, Subarea 592 of Tam Xuan 2 Commune, Nui Thanh District, Quang Nam Province, are poisoned to kill them gradually. (Photo: SGGP)
According to Mr. Trinh Tuan Nguyen Khuong, Director of Quang Nam Forestry Enterprise under Quang Nam Forest Products Export Joint Stock Company, the incident was discovered at 9:15 a.m. on July 4. After inspection, the authorities determined that the damaged area was around 0.5 ha, with a dead pine count of around 200. This is a Pinus lasti forest planted in 1987 with an FSC certificate, not for logging but for the preservation of the ecosystem and the protection of the environment.

Mr. Khuong added that each pin has been drilled with 1 to 3 holes, the diameter of which is 5 to 10 mm and the depth of 8 to 10 cm each. In each hole was a cyan solution suspected of being a chemical drug.

Many pines at the above location are dead and some are turning yellow. Many tree stumps were burned and the bark peeled off the trunks. About 1.2 meters from the tree stump, a small bamboo stick is planted in the trunk of the tree.

Nearly 200 poisoned 35-year-old pines felled ảnh 2 Maybe someone had applied chemicals to the tip of a sharp bamboo stick and then pinned it to the trunk of the tree so that the tree gradually died. (Photo: SGGP)

A local said someone may have applied chemicals to the tip of a sharp bamboo stick and then pinned it to the trunk of the tree so that the tree would gradually die. Some pines are long dead with bark falling off and termites eating from the stump at the top. Several other trees with a diameter of 10 to 30 cm died and were felled.

According to officials of the Quang Nam Forestry Company, pine trees were killed to create space for the cultivation of acacia trees. In the area of ​​damaged pines, acacia trees were grown. According to company statistics, the loss is estimated at more than 156 million VND, and the company has sent a report to the authorities.

Nearly 200 poisoned 35-year-old pines felled ảnh 3 The pines are killed to create space for the cultivation of acacias. (Photo: SGGP)

Senior Col. Pham Viet Tien, Nui Thanh district police chief, said the matter was under investigation. “The district police came to examine the scene and discovered that there was a vial left there. Subject drilled holes in tree trunks and pumped poison into these holes. The number of damaged trees whose perimeter was 20 to 60 cm was 154,” Colonel Tien said.

Nearly 200 poisoned 35-year-old pines felled ảnh 4 The number of damaged trees with a perimeter of 20 to 60 cm is 154. (Photo: SGGP)

According to the head of the Nui Thanh district police department, the vial was taken away for forensic testing. If there are signs of a crime, the case will be prosecuted.

By Nguyen Cuong – Translated by Gia Bao

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