Rosewood tree felled deep within a protected area last week. This photo illustrates an example in which five trees were cut in order to gain access to a single rosewood tree. While five to six trees are typically cut to float a single rosewood tree downstream from harvesting areas, these five trees are not the very lightweight tree species which are used to build transport rafts. Thus the impact of selective rosewood harvesting is substantial.
Delmas, a French shipping company, has apparently decided to resume shipments of illegally logged rosewood from northeastern Madagascar following a near-three-month hiatus. The first shipment is expected to go out Monday.