Natural Resources and Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa was in Chiang Mai Oct. 19 to see for himself the continuing problem of encroachment on the Mae Rim National Reserved Forest in Mon Jam.
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Authorities have begun demolishing the Rai Nai Resort that was prosecuted for building accommodations and Chinese-style pavilion on state land.
The owners refused to comply with a court order to dismantle their resort, so the government moved in with bulldozers of its own.
The Doi Mon Jam forest is a watershed area where 30 resorts have been found encroaching on the national park. Seven of those so far have progressed to the demolition stage.