The value of Australian sandalwood timber metric ton is about 150,000.00 dollars and therefore it has grabbed the attention of the greed who are looking for quick money. The programme made by the ABC News started with a raid of a group of sandalwood poachers who came into the wild for harvesting sandalwood trees with machinery and camping gears. They pull out all large sandalwood trees which were grown over hundreds of years without thinking about the sustainability.
According to the news, 300 MT of sandalwood timber are illegally harvested each year in Western Australia and since March 2012, the authorities were able to capture 170 MT. The view of the public is that the current law and fine system are not adequate for saving this valuable resource and therefore the government is in the process of reconsidering those aspects.
A fully grown Australian sandalwood tree
The entire programme can be viewed by the following link.