Several hundred cases of illegal wood cutting were registered in Lithuania

In 2009, the officers of the directorates of state enterprises identified 600 cases of illegal cutting of wood, which resulted in nearly 14000 m3 cut timber.

According to the data of State Forest Survey Service of the Ministry of Environment, the majority of cases of illegal wood cutting occurred in private forests. Last year, 325 cases of illegal cutting were identified in private woods, amounting to around 12000 m3 of timber. It means that 6000 m3 more timber was cut compared to 2008.

Statistical data indicates that the entrepreneurs for their own welfare tend not to take care of Lithuanian forests, which are one of the major assets of Lithuania. The increase in the number of the illegal wood cutting cases implies that this trend can prevail in the future.