The takhian tree was being brought to a temple.
When: December 14th, 2020
Where: Somoeng district, Chiang Mai province
Perpetrators: 6 loggers
Victims: The Takhian tree
What: Officials investigated a logging operation in Samoeng after several reports from local villagers. The logging took the takhian tree (Thai: ตะเคียน, scientific: Hopea odorata) out of a Samoeng forest reserve. The trees were put onto a truck headed for Mae Taeng district. An officer intercepted the lumber shipment and arrested a crew of six.
Each of the six drove a six-wheeled truck, each truck carrying one of the massive trees. The suspects are named as: Mr. Tasuk, 61; Mr. Kawila, 36; Mr. Jandaeng, 40; Mr. Vinya, 45; Mr. Penjai, 46; Mr. Ruenngern, 47.
The takhian trees had a diameter of almost 2 meters and are reportedly several hundred years old. The trees were reportedly being delivered to a temple in Mae Taeng district in Chiang Mai.
The suspects testified that the lumber was from fallen trees near the Mae Khan river, near the Sai Mun temple in Samoeng district. Mr. Samphan Putduang, director of the Chiang Mai Forestry center, said that the arrest was due to the reports that illegal logging and smuggling of timber from the forest reserve was happening.
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My take: It’s encouraging to see that local authorities across Thailand are concerned with illegal logging. Especially with such a beautiful tree as the thakin. One of the pleasures of my work is that I get to learn along the way, and today I learned about this beautiful tree.
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