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Rattanak Rokha forest community representative Smin Ty told The Post on Monday that 33 charcoal vendors, from Samrong commune's Kon Damrei village, were asked by his community and Environment Department officials to stop burning wood and charcoal in or near the Sorng Rukhavoan or Rattanak Rokha community forests.
Venerable Bun Saluth, the head of the Sorng Rukhavoan forest community, said he had personally talked to the charcoal vendors, who asked what other business they could run, and requested to continue operating.
They cut down trees in Sorng Rukhavoan and Rattanak Rokha forests, he said, and use the wood to turn into charcoal to sell and support their daily livelihood.
Sorng Rukhavoan forest spans three districts - Samrong, Anlong Veng and Chongkal - covering 18,261ha.
The 30,254-hectare sanctuary spans across the Sorng Rukhavorn and Rattanak Rokha community forests, as well as areas flooded by the Stung Treng II hydroelectric dam in Oddar Meanchey province's Anlong Veng district.
Sorng Rukhavoan community forest head, the venerable Bun Saluth, told The Post on Monday that the sanctuary had been vulnerable to hunting, illegal logging and land clearing before it was designated a protected area.
Sorng Rukhavorn and Rattanak Rokha community forests are now part of the new 30,000-hectare Sorng Rukhavorn Wildlife Sanctuary, established last month.
The Venerable Bun Saluth, head of Sorng Rukhavoan community forest, said he appreciated the new designation for the area, as his community was hopeful its natural resources would be protected for future generations.
Upon intercepting the two soldiers, they called Forestry Administration (FA) officials to confiscate the evidence - including eight pieces of thnong timber, which the patrollers believe were illegally logged in Sorng Rukhavorn.
The Venerable Bun Saluth, chief of the Sorng Rukhavorn community forest, said in a Facebook post on Tuesday that he had since sought intervention from provincial Governor Sar Thavy against Duong and seven other soldiers from Brigade 42's Regiment 424.
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