Chiang Mai officials reclaim 600 rai of encroached protected forest

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CHIANG MAI, 17 September 2015 – The Forest Management Bureau in Chiang Mai on Wednesday reclaimed 600 rai of land in Mae Fang National Park in Fang district, after receiving reports that the areas had been encroached on. 

The operation, which was headed by the bureau’s director, Chukiat Pongsiriwan, is part of the Royal Forest Department’s plan to reclaim land illegally used to grow rubber trees.

The officials joining the operation were from the bureau and security related officers in Fang district as well as other related officials.

Initially, the combined force was able to reclaim about 600 rai of protected land in Mae Fang Forest Reserve, where officials found and felled a large number of rubber trees in the area.