The MB of Selangor gave the Selangor Forestry Department and Perhilitan (Wildlife and National Parks Department) to work together to do a rapid Ecological Assessment of the forest reserve to indicate whether it is worth keeping.
|Langat South Forest Reserve with the illegally grown oil palms cut down and replanted with forest species|
|With En Yussainy of Selangor Forestry Department and a Meranti Tembaga sapling|
Both departments requested for MNS to be in the picture and I think this is a very opportune time for a Nature and Environment-based NGO to work with two of the most relevant departments in Conservation. I gave sent an SOS SMS to the Director-General of the Forest Research Institute of Malaysia (FRIM), Dato' Dr. Latif to get some assistance in the form of specific researchers such Dr. Lim (Orang Asli and socio-economic issues). We are given two weeks to finish the study and the report. The dates 21 - 26 Dec are considered as fieldwork dates.
We have a short meeting during lunch time of the Kota Damansara Community Forest seminar on 20 Dec at the Club, Bandar Utama. In attendance were En Borhanudin, the Director of Selangor Forestry, Dr. Lim of FRIM (another representative from FRIM but her name slipped my mind), Lim Teck Wyn, Mrs. Pasu and Tan Sri Salleh.
On 21 Dec. 2010 (my birthday!), we (Mrs. Pasu, Teck Wyn and I) drove to Banting to meet up with En Yussainy, Renjer Kamaruddin< En Asri and other staff of the Selangor Forestry Department, who led us into two contrasting compartments - the first was a former oil palm plantation but with the palm trees already felled and replanted with 11 forests species (merbau, kapur, merawan siput jantan, merawan bunga, kelat paya, meranti tembaga, meranti sarang punai, ramin melawis, nyatoh taban merah, chengal, manggis, meranti seraya, kalumpang jari and karas (Aquilaria?)).Total costs of cutting of the oil palm and replanting are about RM 500, 000.
Later they brought us to Compartment 25, part of the VJR mentioned above.
|Virgin Jungle Reserve (VJR) signage at Compartment 25|
|Outside of Compartment 25|
|Old Tapir tracks just outside Compartment 25|
|Wild boar hunters' hide at the boundary of Compartment 25|
|At the boundary of Compartment 25|
|A forester's marker for a flora species transect|
|About 50 meters from the outside boundary of Compartment 25|
|Mrs Pasu with Mr. Chan Yee Choong of FRIM|
|A 3.1 meter basal circumference of a tree confirmed by En Asri and Teck Wyn|
|A "kelubi" palm (where are the fruits?)|
|A confident Teck Wyn crossing a peaty drain :-)|
|Peaty water due to high concentration of humic acids|
Take a look at the photos attached and give us your comments about converting the Langat South Forest Reserve into another oil palm plantation.