There’s been a continuous increase of illegal forest exploitation, transportation, logging and forest land encroachment in Dak Lak province, Vo Minh Son, an official of the People’s Committee, said. llegal forest exploitation, transportation, logging and forest land encroachment Since the beginning of the year, the Tay Nguyen (Central Highland) province has detected 411 cases of illegal forest activities, an increase of 72 cases compared with the same period last year, causing a serious dwindling of forest resources in the province. The forest management force seized nearly 645cu.m of timber and 109 vehicles in connection with the violations. The provincial authorities have strengthened patrol forces in the districts of Ea Sup, Buon Don, Krong Bong and Cu M’ga, besides Ea H’leo to catch illegal loggers. Head of the forest management and protection department Le Cuoc said besides raising awareness about the need for forest protection among local residents, the province needed close coordination among local authorities and relevant agencies to deal with the deforestation issue, and with persons who attack forest protection forces.