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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.

PHOTOS: Perfection in a block of wood

In an old house filled with all types of wood, carpentry machines and books, lives a couple of talented artisans who have dedicated most of their lives to creating and restoring different objects made of wood, glass and metal.

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