New Mato Grosso Law Permits Four-fold Increase in Logging without Tree Replacement

The initiative authored by Mauro Mendes' Government is submitted in a year in which the Amazon broke records in forest fires. The state is Brazil's greatest deforester of the biome, behind only Pará.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In the Amazon state of Mato Grosso, each enterprise using wood as raw material will be allowed to extract up to 297,000 trees per year in the next few months without the need for forest replacement.

The amount is equivalent to 49,500 cubic meters of timber logs and concerns the product sold legally, not illegal deforestation. Previously, logging was limited to 12,000 cubic meters (or 72,000 trees).

Each cubic meter corresponds to about six trees. The law provides that the company using lumber as raw material must offset this extraction by planting . . .

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