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Increased logging and timber extraction

Illegal logging and timber extraction has remained a major threat to Community Forests and sometimes the Protected Areas over a long time. Chainsaw logging poses significant threat to forests and biodiversity on the Landscape. Trees are felled and split into planks. The planks are taken from the forests to the access roads and taken to markets in towns and cities.

Access to forests by chainsaw millers and sellers are made possible by community members who clear new farms.

Felling of trees for charcoal production is also very high, most especially in Liberia. Impacts of tree extraction is also a major issue in the forest edge communities to the National Park in Sierra Leone.