Nearly 5,000 square meters of pine forest were found to have been illegally felled in the central highlands resort town of Da Lat, a local forest management board said on Sunday.
Nguyen Duc Kim, a representative from the Lam Vien forest management board, said nearly 1,000 trees planted in 2001 had been logged, and just over 40 ten-meter-high trees remained.
In the meantime, the land there had been leveled and divided into five plots, according to Kim.
Kim said the authorities found on Sunday morning a digger owned by the Da Lat-based Thanh Danh Phat Company operating in the area, but the driver managed to run away.
On June 18, the company, owned by Dang Viet Tam, had been fined for illegally leveling forest land in a nearby area.