The Jakarta Post
PEKANBARU: A joint team from National Police headquarters and the Forestry Ministry confiscated 500 logs believed to have been procured from the Giam Siak Kecil-Bukit Batu (GSK-BB) protected forest. The GSK-BB has been designated as biosphere catchment area.
The team also confiscated four excavators in a week-long raid, but no perpetrators were apprehended.
“There was no activity at the time of raid. We swept the location but found no one,” Bengkalis Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Achmad Kartiko said in Pekanbaru on Monday.
The raid was launched following Forestry Minister Zulkifli Hasan’s claim that he spotted several illegal logging sites while heading for Bengkalis by helicopter.
Kartiko said the location was difficult to reach, needing six hours travel by land and river. “It appears that illegal logging did occur. The biosphere reserve area has become...