Category Archives: Activities

Environmental Education Programme in SMK Kg Raja 17th July 2018

by Cheam May Choo

On the 17th of July 2018, REACH conducted an environmental education programme EEP in SMK Kg Raja ( Kg Raja secondary school). As with our other EEProgramme English is used as a medium of instruction. 230 students from Form 1, 2 and 4 attended. Kavvin A/L Sehgar , our regular volunteer gave a talk on recycling and going ‘green’ (After years of conservation and environmental work with young people, it is interesting to note that our regular volunteers share many things in common. They tend to be very motivated, speak well in public, show leadership qualities,have good family values and normally excel in studies, sports or music. They are very focussed on what they do and usually they will be successful in embarking on a career of their choice. And Kavvin exemplifies this. Congrats, Kavvin, our future vet!)

Our other volunteers for the day include Kee Yan Jie, Thibault, Quentin ,Phillipe and Anushka. Also present were Datin Aseema, Mas, Saras.

Site inspection at Batu Gangan by Forestry officers on the 10th July 2018

Local and Federal Forestry officers made a site inspection at Batu Gangan on the 10th of July 2018. This included adjacent sites forested by other NGOs. Under the Greening of Cameron Highlands project, Reach has completed the programme but will continue to maintain the site subject to the availability of funds and will continue to promote research on the neighbouring montane forests.

Biodiversity Site visit by members of the National Parks Board Singapore 17th May 2018

by Cheam May Choo

Members from the National Parks Board ,Singapore  visited our biodiversity site in Gunung Brinchang on the 17th May 2018 to learn more about our conservation efforts and actvities carried out. The team was headed by Mr Ang Wee Foong, Deputy Director (Nursery Management & Native Plant Centre) . Dr Liau Tai Leong,our vice president briefed them and showed them around the site. Also present was Mr Ramakrishnan Ramakrishnan, our president, Saras and Amir.

Exploratory trip into untouched mossy forests of Batu Gangan and Sg Terla-30th June 2018

30th June 2018- Under the Kemaman Bitumen Save the Mossy Forest fund , we organised a trip into the untouched mossy forsts of Batu Gangan and Sg Terla Forests Reserves. These forests are on the eastern slope of Gunung Irau.( Over the years, few missing trekkers  enroute to Irau has been found here !) 12 volunteers joined in including our resident orchid specialist Encik Embi Abdullah and resident photographer Encik Amran Nazar Khan.  Aerial imagery of the site was also done.

As expected the findings on this trip did not disappoint as being more than 1400 m above sea level, the fauna was that of the cloud forest variety. Going upstream we found many polypipes sourcing water to the farms below but these dwindled as we climbed higher. The mosses enveloped the ground, stones in the rivers, fallen logs and tree trunks. Negiotiating upstream was tricky as the moss covered rocks were very slippery indeed.