Lawlessness is undoing effort to save Honduran forests

by Elizabeth Malkin

Conservationists visit an area in Copén, Honduras, that was deforested by intruders. Drug trafficking has contributed to threats to the forest.  Photo: Rodrigo Cruz/New York Times

COPÉN, Honduras — Nine men were harvesting mahogany deep in the woods here when Alonso Pineda and his son appeared, carrying shotguns. An arrest warrant hangs over the two for clearing the forest illegally, but on that day they posed as its protectors.