Farm owners reminded to get clearance before cutting trees PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 02 September 2013 11:22

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is reminding farm owners to secure prior clearance before cutting and transporting trees.

Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Carlito Tuballa said they apply such regulation to prevent illegal loggers from cutting and transporting trees by claiming it came from their privately-owned land.

Tuballa issued the advise after his personnel intercepted and confiscated last week a truck-load of lumber in Barangay Putik, east of this city.

The lumber were seized after the driver failed to present papers except in claiming the cargo belong to a landowner who cut down the trees, had it sawn, and to be delivered to a buyer, according to Tuballa.

He said undocumented lumber being transported is always presumed to have come from an illegal sources since it is easy to say the trees were cut down from a privately-owned farm the reason why they adopted such regulation.

He said farm owners are free to cut down their own trees but with proper documentation from the DENR.