The Karenni National Progressive Party (KNPP) announced a total ban on new logging of teak and other hardwoods in Karenni State, and has outlawed all logging businesses in the territory.
The officials said they stopped and searched the lorry, which was accompanied by two servicemen, following a tip-off. They found 29 logs of milled lumber, weighing a total of nearly three tons.
As the NLD government steps up efforts to protect Burma’s forests, officers in the Pegu mountain range face off with increasingly violent loggers.
Police in Sagaing Division say there has been a noticeable increase in illegal logging activities since a one-year ban went into effect on 1 June.
Burma’s largest producer of timber has declared a nationwide, one-year moratorium on logging, according to a spokesperson for the state-owned enterprise.
The move comes two years after an earlier effort to slow deforestation by banning the export of raw timber.