20 December 2012

Liberia: Who's Depleting UL Forest in Sinoe?

A forest belonging to the University of Liberia which is situated in the southeastern region of the country is said to be under serious threat amid reports that it is being harvested by a certain logging company operating in the area.

Investigation conducted by The NEWS unearthed that the forest is alleged to be harvested by Atlantic Resources.

It is not clear under which arrangement Atlantic Resources is cutting trees from the forest, but local residents said the company has a Private Used Permit (PUP) to operate in the Southeast.

Community dwellers told our reporter that the forest was given to the University by President Samuel K. Doe following a proclamation. The university was mandated by the former president to use the forest.

However, it not known whether the university has utilized the forest since than.

Our reporter, who just returned from the southeast, said the forest covers four districts including Kpanyan, Jaegde, Jlapoda and River Dugbeh Distirct.

Citizens of Wisseh Town, situated near the forest alleged that the forest is being depleted, but decline to give details.

"Look, here you see how these people are destroying this forest. They just cut any trees," an elderly woman told our reporter in an interview.

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