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The construction site of an illegal sawmill is seen from a police helicopter in Nova Esperanca do Piria

The construction site of an illegal sawmill is seen from a police helicopter during a sting operation against sawmills and loggers who trade in illegally-extracted wood from the Alto Guama River indigenous reserve in Nova Esperanca do Piria, Para state in this September 29, 2013 file photo To match Special Report BRAZIL-DEFOREST/ REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes/Files (BRAZIL - Tags: ENVIRONMENT CRIME LAW POLITICS BUSINESS CONSTRUCTION)

Policing the Amazon rainforest

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The men who work for Brazil's environmental police are entrusted with the responsibility of making sure all lumber processing in the country is done responsibly and balances the environmental considerations with economic ones. These photos go behind the scenes and show what it's like to regulate the lumber industry in one of the richest ecologies in the world.