Police confiscated three loads of wood this week, including some valuable cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa) that they spotted being lumbered on a reserve owned by the Instituto de Desarrollo Agrario. This is a tree that is in danger of extinction because of the heartwood’s great beauty.
Officers also confiscated a team of oxen and a cart that was being used to move the lumber. This was on 27 de Abril in Paraíso de Santa Cruz, Guanacaste. Officers noted that the cocobolo wood can sell for as much as $80 a board foot.
In Sabalito de Coto Brus other officers found a large quantity of sawed lumber on a truck, and the driver did not have paperwork to support the claim that the wood was legal, they said.
And in Pueblo Nuevo police spotted a tractor pulling a load of logs, and the driver did not have paperwork, they said. In all cases the Ministerio de Ambiente y Energía becomes involved.