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Illegal logging threatens Costa Rica’s valuable species and vulnerable national parks

Since 2013, Costa Rica’s dry tropical forests have been under siege from loggers looking to cash in on skyrocketing demand for precious hardwoods, especially cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), also known as tropical rosewood. The illegal logging of cocobolo and other precious hardwoods threatens Costa Rica’s famous but understaffed national parks as loggers look to protected areas as the last untapped source of valuable lumber for export.

Man throws religious icons into Costa Rica’s Poás Volcano

Most people visit Costa Rica's volcanoes to admire their beauty, but one man apparently had a different idea.

U.S. man arrested for illegal gold mining in Corcovado National Park

Police arrested two men — including a U.S. citizen — in Costa Rica's Corcovado National Park last week during a ground mission to expel illegal hunters and gold miners from the renowned nature sanctuary.

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