Madagascar: April 2011 Archives

Rampant Rosewood Logging

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Of the many threats encountered by the world's islands, commercial logging is one of the most severe, rapidly decimating forests and the many species they harbor. While the clear-cutting style of logging (in which all trees in an area are uniformly cut down) may be the most infamous, even selective logging (or removing only certain species) can be a death knell in some regions. One of these is the island of Madagascar, where logging of rosewood trees has become a national crisis. 



Fig 1 Makirovana Forest.JPG
Above, a forest in Northeastern Madagascar containing rosewood trees.