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The Trees and Timber Act provides for property marks and export levies for trees and timber. It also contains a procedure for establishing protected areas. These protected areas aim to protect standing trees outside of forest reserves by restricting farming and providing for penalties for those who illegally fell or damage timber within these protected areas.
The Act has been amended by the Trees and Timber (Amendment) Decree, 1983 (P.N.C.L. 70) as well as the Trees and Timber (Amendment) Act, 1994 (Act 493). The Forestry Commission Act, 1999 (Act 571) substituted ‘chief conservator of forests’ by ‘forestry Commission’, ‘Commissioner’ by ‘Minister’ and ‘Forest Products Inspection Bureau’ by ‘Forestry Commission’. The Forestry Commission Act further amended the Trees and Timber Act to provide it is the Minister on the advice of the FC who can make executing regulations.