Vietnam's precious trees continue to fall

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Another tree from Vietnam's precious timber species sua was hacked down on a Central Highlands street Saturday.

The stump was discovered on Le Hong Phong Street in the town of Buon Ma Thuot on Saturday morning, Tuoi Tre reported.

The Dak Lak Province Urban Management and Environment Hygiene Company said the tree was around ten years old, and around four meters tall.

On Thursday, a sua tree of around the same age and size was found missing from a street in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

The government banned the use of sua (Dalbergia tonkinensis prain) for commercial purposes in 2007.

But high demand for sua wood in China has been driving the illegal logging of the tree, despite jail punishments handed down to 35 people for cutting down sua trees in Hanoi last April.

Sua consumers use the wood for decoration and medical purposes.

Last month, three sua trees 0.8-1,2 meters in diameter, worth an estimated VND300 billion (US$14.4 million) in total, were logged in Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park in Quang Binh Province.

Sua trees are found mostly in Vietnam and China and more rarely in India and Africa.

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