22.8.16 Environmental Awareness Programme with focus on English Language at Bertam Valley Chinese Primary School. SJKC Bertam Valley. Time 8.30am to 10.40 am . No of Participants : 250 students
Volunteers much needed. Good opportunity for our visitors to ‘touch’ the heart of the farming community in Cameron Highlands and lend a helping hand. SJKC Bertam Valley is the school below the Habu dam. It was inundated with mud 2 years ago when waters was released from an overflowing dam. Watch how the school has recovered since then to become one of the best primary schools in Cameron Highlands.
24.8.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting
School: SJKC Tringkap .No of pax 16
Pick up Point: Nova Hotel Carpark
20.9.16 Mossy forest tour and tree planting
School: SJKC Bertam Valley No of Pax: 20
Pick up Point: Tanah Rata Pasar Minggu site
by Wilfred Calder-Potts
Though initial contact was slow, (both on my and REACH’s side), after a few weeks I managed to arrange a few weeks of volunteering through Aseema. After arriving at Cameron Highlands I met with Aseema and Dr Liau in a coffee shop. We talked about our ideas and decided that I would spend my time teaching at a local school and helping Dr Liau (Doc) with his reforestation project. The next day Aseema picked me up and we went to the school, where we met the headmistress. We decided that I could teach physics. For the next few days I went around the area with Doc, talking his dog for a walk, exploring the surroundings, and looking for the species of tree we wanted to plant in the reforestation area. On Monday I went back to the school to iron out the details of my teaching with the head science teacher. Doc and I also ended up giving an impromptu lesson to a group of 17-18 year olds, which went pretty well in the end considering we hadn’t done any preparation! The following day I taught a physics lesson to two separate classes of 17 year olds. The head science teacher asked me if I could teach the same two classes 4 days a week, and after checking with Doc I agreed.
by Wilfred Calder-Potts
The Malayan Mountain Ash (also known as Weinmannia Fraxinea, or Weinmannia Blumei), is a tree indigenous to the Cameron Highlands. It is often found on disturbed ground, especially on slopes. For this reason it was chosen as a tree suitable for planting in the REACH reforestation area next to the Biodiversity Centre. It was also chosen to increase the biodiversity of the reforestation area.
The tree has a few distinguishable features which are useful for identification. The easiest is the leaves (shown on Figure 1). These are small, oval shaped, and grow out symmetrically, 180 degrees from each other. The young leaves are red in colour. A particularly individual and noticeable feature is the ‘stipules’ at the base of the stem. These are a pair of semi-circular leaves as shown in Figure 1. The bark of the tree is grey to dark brown. The tree can grow up to 40 m tall. The trunk tends to be narrow (60-120cm) and straight. When in bloom, the inflorescences (flower systems) come in pairs of 1-3 long finger like extensions, with many small white petals.
16th July 2016- 20 students and teachers from SJKC Brinchang had an enjoyable time at Gunung Brinchang on the 12 th July 2016,learning about our highland forests. Satya, Melody and Geogina were the facilitators.
A CSI community stream investigation project will be held on the 16th of July 2016 at a stream near Bharat Tea Estate. It will be conducted by Dr Liau Tai Leong and his group of volunteers. The programme is open to residents. Member’s cost RM 10 per pax .Non members RM 20 per pax. Time 9-11 am. Participants are advised to be at the Bharat tea house by 8.45 am. Light refreshments will be at the tea house.
10th July 2016-We are pleased to inform that beginning next week, the Faculty of Earth Science , Universiti Malaysia Kelantan UMK, will provide the expertise and assist REACH in conducting research at our biodiversity centre in Gunung Brinchang.
For the last few years, our centre has been used mainly for environmental conservation awareness activities such as reforestation and educational mossy forest tours. We have also done documentation of highland birds and orchids. But this would be the first time that we are collaborating with a University to do research of the Highland Forest in a methodical way.
Our scientific advisor, Professor Maketab Mohamed, introduced the team from UMK and on the 14th of February 2016 they made their first trip up here. Besides reconnaissance and together with volunteers from UTM ,MNS Pahang and Hammock, they also set up some cloud harvesting panels as a “trial run.”