Our FOrest Rangers

Forest Rangers

To monitor the forests for illegal activities (timber poaching, wildlife hunting) rangers are being hired.

To monitor the forests for illegal activities (timber poaching, wildlife hunting) rangers are being hired.

ObjectiveS:

The remaining forests of Panay are continually under attack from illegal loggers cutting timber, which is then sold to middlemen, and from these, to, e. g., boat constructers. This rampant logging is even devastating the Protected Area of the NW Panay Peninsula. At the same time, forest monitoring by PhilinCon’s Forest Rangers is curbing wildlife poaching. Monitoring of the forests is needed on a large scale, yet is restricted to the peninsula and the northern reaches of the Central Panay Mountain Range because of lack of funds.

Measuring a tree

What do we do to achieve objectives:

Our FR’s regularly patrol the forests of the Northwest Panay Peninsula and the northern parts of the Central Panay Mountain Range. In case of success, illegally cut timber is handed over to the authorities (DENR, police) for confiscation, as are illegally operated chain saws. Forest monitoring helps also to destroy snares put out for wildlife such as the critically endangered Spotted Deer (Rusa alfredi), Visayan Warty Pig (Sus cebifrons) and ground living birds like the Negros Bleeding Heart (Gallicolumba keayi) or the Jungle Fowl (Gallus gallus). For a time, we also had an air gun-for-rice exchange program worth about 40 US$ per surrendered air gun.

Average cost per operation:

A Ranger’s salary with insurances included is about 1,500 US$ per year. The costs for one monitoring mission average the allowances for a squad of six when being deployed, i.e. about 50 US$.

Average duration per operation:

A monitoring mission takes a couple of days, depending on the circumstances. A temporary camp may be erected near a cutting site to prevent hauling away of the bounty by the loggers, which usually happens at night. Such a camp is maintained as long as the timber is not turned over to the authorities.