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Two men face up to 20 years in prison and a 2 billion baht fine after being arrested for the illegal felling of one of Thailand’s most protected trees in the Sangkha district. Acting on a tipoff, a police team swooped on a clearing in Huay Samran forest, south of Moo 10 village in tambon Thepraksa, to find the 2 men at work illegally cutting and processing Siamese rosewood trees. Police discovered 39 pieces of processed Siamese rosewood, worth about 157,500 baht, a chainsaw, 4 axes, 2 small lorries, a homemade rifle, and 20 methamphetamine pills. The 2 men, 35 […]

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This may be a totally naive question, but if the species is in such danger, why isn't the government through the relevant conservation organisations planting and generating plantations of the tree? 

It seems to me that it would be a self-generating profit industry when established. 

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