Even trees of the most protective species grow old, fall to the ground and rot. Costa Rica has decided not to lumber and manage its forest resources.
But private landowners can. Still, lumbering can generate a public outcry. The Comité de Bandera Azul Ecológica en San Rafael de Heredia issued a press release Monday about the legal cutting of unprotected cypress trees in San Rafael de Heredia.
Neighbors and the committee were concerned that the water table would be affected.
Meanwhile in Pueblo Nuevo de Los Chiles police found three illegal charcoal operations. Landowners are suspected of illegally cutting trees and then burning them in pits to create the charcoal. Police said the landowners had no permission