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Ecological Nightmare Yunnan Taxus
After two years of investigation by local justice officials, the whole scope of Taxus ecological nightmare for Yunnan (China) was brought out. Although some groups were charged by their criminal activities, the nature wonder of beautiful Taxus forest disappeared forever, and became an ecological nightmare.
Exactly how many wild Yunnan Taxus trees were damaged are still unknown. Based upon the field investigation during the period of March, 2002, investigators took 1000 samples estimate the two counties in Yunnan. The trunk diameter over 5 centimeters estimated 90% of them were dead due to the removal of bark. The truck diameter less than 5 centimeter estimated 30% of them were dead. It was clearly an ecological nightmare, since then the local officals are trying to set up laws to prohibit the bark collection from wild Taxus.
The photo showed the Yunnan Taxus Tree with all barks (skins) removed.
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