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.
Law enforcement officials in Pegu Division’s Kyauktaga Township open fire on trucks carrying illegal timber as they tried to run a checkpoint.
Forestry officials were forced by a group of men wielding swords and clubs to return confiscated timber.
The move comes two years after an earlier effort to slow deforestation by banning the export of raw timber.
The Chinese Government has announced that it will look into recent arrests for illegal logging near the Burma-China border.