The Loggers of Saw Bay Large-scale destructive and illegal logging practices in Western Papua are now threatening some of the last tracts of frontier forest in the world. The Paradise Forest, situated on the north-western tip of West Papua constitutes a vast chain of ancient forests that extend across the Indonesian archipelago. Now being logged at unprecedented rates, even on global logging standards, the Paradise Forest, containing some of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in the world is now placed in peril. Deep inside the mangroves of Saw Bay on the island of Batanta, the people of Amdui are busy harvesting Merbau to fund the construction of a church on their tiny island community. Merbau, a timber described as the ‘mahogany’ of West Papua is a highly sought after, valuable timber that sees its way into Western market economies as expensive furniture, flooring and construction materials. In an all too familiar scenario, the Amdui loggers are being routinely exploited by corrupt timber merchants living in and around Sarong, West Papua. While unprocessed Merbau timber can yield as much as $2000 USD per cubic meter in market countries such as USA and Japan, the Amdui people will receive only $100 USD per cubic meter - not for hard currency but in building materials and logistical support. To date, the Amdui loggers have been busy for 5 years and it may take a further 5-7 years before they require the materials for completion of their church. Unless a moratorium is placed on the destructive and illegal logging practices occurring in the Paradise Forests and a sustainable logging policy is established and enforced by the Indonesian government these majestic forests could all but disappear in 15-20 years.