Category Archives: Mossy Forest Visits and Reforestation

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.

Activities for July 2018

updated 31st July 2018

by Cheam May Choo

We are pleased to inform that, thanks to our many volunteers, our activities in July 2018 were successfully carried out. We have many more exciting activities planned for the months ahead and we will keep you updated.

1st July 2018- Volleyball competition in Sg Ubi Orang Asli village-completed

3rd July 2018- Indoor games with Cherish children-completed

7th July 2018- Batu Gangan Reforestation under the Kemaman Bitumen Fund-completed

9th July 2018-1.Playground visit Cherish -completed  2. Meeting at 2 pm with Forestry Department of PeninsularMalaysia at the local forestry office’ completed

10th July 2018-1. Soil preparation for tree saplings from 9am to 12 noon.-completed  At 5pm-trip to Biodiversity site for work on bird sanctuary.-Work just commenced

2. Visit to Site of Forest Restoration at Batu Gangan  with Forestry Officers at 9 am- completed

11th July 2018- Continuation of work in Biodiverity site in Gunung Brinchang-completed

12th July 2018- Trip to Goat Farm with Cherish at 8.30 am-completed

14th July 2018-Exploration and Orchid walk in Batu Gangan Forest reserve under the Kemaman Bitumen Fund 8am to 3 pm-completed

16th July 2018-Reforestation at Batu Gangan 8.30 am to 1 pm-completed

17th July 2018-Environmental Education Programme on recycling in SMK Kg Raja-completed

20th July 2018-BBQ at Cherish-completed

24th July 2018-Reforestation at Batu Gangan Forest reserve 8.30 am to 1 pm-completed

 

Upcoming Activities for “Summer”

by Cheam May Choo

Although it is raining cats and dogs outside and Malaysia doesn’t have the 4 seasons, I like to think that “summer” is upon us. Come June and July, Cameron Highlands will see more visitors from the temperate countries, enjoying their summer vacation here. Bookings for local tours will rise and eateries dotting Tanah Rata and Brinchang will be busier than usual. In the mornings,4wd vehicles mainly landrovers in the tourism trade, filled with visitors will make a beeline to favourite hotspots in the mountains such as Gunung Brinchang. Jungle trails will also see more trekkers enjoying the forest. Come sundown if one strolls along Tanah Rata main street, languages heard will not only be English,Malay, Chinese  and Indian but also French, German, Spanish , Japanese and a few more.

For our environmental society, we will have more requests than usual for volunteer work from visitors from the Western Countries. This year we would like to welcome 3 students from France namely Thibault, Quentin and Philippe who will be spending 2 months here for volunteer work during their summer break.

Below is our upcoming activities for the month of June and July. Visitors are welcome to join but should pay for their own transport and please contact our office at least 2 days prior.

4th June 2018-Trip to Biodiversity Centre. Facilitators: Siva and Saras

5th June 2018-Air Pollution studies at Biodiversity Centre. Facilitator: Rama

6th June 2018- Boccee Practice with Children with special needs at Cherish (sister organisation) 9 to 11.30am Facilitator: Datin Asseema

7th June 2018-Boccee Practice with Children with special needs at Cherish  9 to 11.30am Facilitator: Datin Asseema

9th June 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya subject to confirmation

10th June 2018-Volleyball practice with Orang Asli Children. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

11th June 2018-Volleyball practice with Orang Asli Children. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

12th June 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Putting fertilizer. Time:8am to 2 pm

19th June 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Putting fertilizer, Tree labelling.  Time: 8am to 2 pm

20th June 2018-Volleyball practice with Orang Asli Children. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

21st June 2018-Volleyball practice with Orang Asli Children. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

22nd June 2018- Nature walk with Orang Asli children in Sg Ubi. Facilitator: Datin Aseema

26th June 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Tree labelling.  Time: 8am to 2 pm

27th June 2018-Recycling talk in Sekolah Menegah Kebangsaan Kg Raja Facilitators: Datin Asseema, Puan Mazlira

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1st July 2018- Volleyball Competition Final for Girls. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

2nd July 2018-Trip to Biodiversity Centre. Facilitators: Siva and Saras

3rd July 2018-Air Pollution studies at Biodiversity Centre. Facilitators: Rama

7th July 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Amran/Encil Embi Activity: Orchid Walk.   Time: 8am to 2 pm- Subject to confirmation

8th July 2018-Volleyball Competition Final for Boys. Facilitator: Datin Asseema

10th July 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitator: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Putting fertilizer, Tree labelling.  Time: 8am to 2 pm

13th July 2018-Nature walk with children with special needs from Cherish.Facilitator: Saras

17th July 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Nature walk   Time: 8am to 2 pm

24th July 2018-Trip to K Terla Batu Gangan Site Facilitators: Saras/Satya . Activity: Tree planting, Nature walk, Time: 8am to 2 pm

Please note that some activities maybe changed without notice due to unforseen circumstances. Some activities  maybe added on.

 

Saving the Mossy Forests in Cameron Highlands 2018-Grant from Kemaman Bitumen Company Sdn Bhd

by Cheam May Choo

We are pleased to announce that we have recently received a grant from Kemaman Bitumen Company Sdn Bhd for a forest restoration project. ( Our deepest appreciation to them ) This project is actually a continuation of what we have done all along, albeit in a different area. It is about the conservation of the highland forests in Cameron Highlands focusing on the mossy forests on the upper reaches of the Sungai Terla water catchment area (largest  water catchment area in Cameron Highlands). This area includes the forest reserves of Sg Terla,Batu Gangan and Ulu Ichat. The total land area of these 3 forest reserves is 3133 hectares and they form the eastern slope of Gunung Irau in the Titiwangsa range( the main range of Peninsular Malaysia). As this area is more than 1400 metres above sea level, the highland forests here are predominantly cloud forests or mossy forests. It houses a large biodiversity of flora and fauna many of which have yet to be identified and remains a crucial water catchment area. Site (101’21 degrees to 101’24 degrees East) and ( 4’32 degrees to 4’35 degrees North).

The programme would include:

  1. Awareness creation activities such as mossy forest reforestation ,interpretive walks, bird watching, insect talks, photography sessions .
  2. Research and documentation-Providing a base for students of institutions of higher learning to do their research on our Cloud Forests and publication of these findings online and in print.corybas carinatusanoectochilus albolineatus

Benificaries would be:

  1. Students from local primary and secondary schools
  2. Students and researchers from institutions of higher learning
  3. Community groups
  4. Participants from government agencies
  5. Other interested groups and individuals

For those who are interested in joining these activties please contact us. Sponsorship will be given to local students.

Summary of REACH Reforestation Programme for the year 2017

by Cheam May Choo

For the year 2017, reforestation activities were mainly carried out  in a new site in Batu Gangan, Kuala Terla while the site in Gunung Brinchang, our biodiversity centre was used for research.

1. Batu Gangan site in Kuala Terla

On 24th of May 2017  REACH was awarded a grant of RM 50,000 to restore 2 hectares of reclaimed forest in the Batu Gangan forest reserves under the Greening of Cameron Highlands project. The site was located at the far reaches of our largest water catchment area, the Sungai Terla water catchment area.For this grant we had to plant 1200 endemic trees in 6 months from July to December 2017.

The Greening of Cameron Highlands project is basically a project formed by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment NRE (which also includes involvement of NGOs) to undertake rehabilitation and  restoration of encroached forests reclaimed by the Government  following the crackdown on illegal land clearings and foreign workers which started in 2014.

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The first few visits in May and June 2017 were mainly to recee the area. Subsequently  we constructed a toilet and a covered area for participants. As this site was already a secondary forest we had to clear some undergrowth in order to plant the trees. We made many visits in June and July 2017 and we were assisted by 3 French volunteers namely Tom, Aurelien and Pablo and our local volunteers Dr Liau Tai Leong, Siva Das, Utaya Kumar, Roy Margaret, Encik Khairil Anwar, Ros Benjamin, Saraswathi Munusamy, Geogina Khong, Gopindran, Danial Harikh,Rajeswaran, Amizal and Kahfi.

In October and November 2017, schools joined in and they included SKConvent, SJKC Bertam Valley, SJKC Tanah Rata and SMK Ringlet. In all we made a total of 17 visits. Every visit was documented.

A video depicting these efforts can be viewed at  Restoration of disturbed forests in Cameron Highlands

The trees planted were mainly from seeds propagated many months earlier. Some were from wildings. The species include Ara,Geruk, Merpauh,Medang Serai, Medang Payung, Kelat, Ratsamala, Eugenia and Rhododendrons.

2.Gunung Brinchang site

Only one group Data Dimension came to do reforestation at this site ( 13th August 2017)as the area is almost entirely reforested. Data Dimension has been supporting us for many years and 2017 was no different.

For the coming years we hope to continue our work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmnent to restore our highland forests.

 

 

Reforestation at Batu Gangan concludes

by Cheam May Choo

In the months of August and September 2017,  due to logistic difficulties our reforestation programme slowed . However we managed to complete the toilets and the covered rest area in time for the students who would be coming in the following months.  Site preparation continued with undergrowth being cleared.

Date: 3rd October 2017

31 students and 3 teachers from SK Convent, Tanah Rata planted 100 saplings. The facilitators were Mr Satya from EcoCameron , Saras and Vebry. Trees included Ara, Rhododendrons and Eugenia. At 8 am students were picked up from Tanah Rata and they reached the site around 9 am. After a briefing by Mr Satya , they planted the trees. Light refreshments were served and by 12 noon they headed back. This programme would be similar for all the other schools.