Ninety pine trees have been found being poisoned with chemicals in the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, according to local rangers.
>> Age-old trees barked secretly in Hanoi as investigation underway Trinh Ngu Hung, head of the management board for the Da Nhim forest, on Wednesday said his agency has asked the police of Lac Duong District to investigate this poisoning, which happened in an area under its supervision. During a recent patrol in forest subzone 114A, part of a hi-tech agricultural park in Da Sar Commune, forest rangers detected 90 pine trees poisoned with chemicals injected into the trunks via holes or slashes. The poisoned trees are about 20 years old and their trunks are 18-40 centimeters in diameter. The total wood volume of these trees is about 36.6 cubic meters, the board said. Competent agencies have yet to release the name of the chemical used in the poisoning, but a forest protection officer said that the leaves of the poisoned trees will turn yellow within three days and they will die in the next 10 days. The board is coordinating with police officers to probe the case. In other news, police in Hanoi are also trying to find out who skinned the feet of about 45 xà cừ (Khaya senegalensis) trees. The trees had their feet barked by slashes and the traces could be clearly seen on the damaged surfaces in various sizes. Of these trees, 35 were detected in mid-April on Le Duan, Kim Ma, Lang and Pham Van Dong Streets, while the others were found a few days ago on K2 Street in Nam Tu Liem District.