AROUND 6000 cubic metres of timber were harvested within the province of Cakaudrove last year.
Speaking at the Cakaudrove Provincial Council meeting last week the Forestry Department's representative at the meeting, Jone Vakarewa said there had been a decreasing trend of logging within the province in the previous years.
Mr Vakarewa said in 2011 about 12,000 cubic metres of trees were logged in Cakaudrove forests while 2000 cubic metres were harvested in 2012.
"However the figures of deforestation around the country is quite alarming and resource owners need to start conserving their forests before it is entirely wiped out," he said.
"Within the last three months around 1603.321 cubic metres of forests were harvested within the Province of Cakaudrove yielding royalties worth $31,665.
"Nurseries for reforestation purposes have sprung up within the province and this will only ensure that we have more trees for the future."
Mr Vakarewa also warned members of the council to be careful when receiving advance payments from logging companies.
"When you receive an advance payment you are waiving your position as owners of a particular forest that is to be logged.
"The onus is on land owning unit leaders to ensure that all members of their clan are aware of business dealings to prevent conflicts."