Category Archives: Reforestation at Gunung Brinchang

Reforestation and Biodiversity Activities for the year 2013

Summary of reforestation and biodiversity activities for 2013 showing the facilitators involved and the participating groups

Reforestation Activities for the year 2012

Summary of reforestation and biodiversity activities for 2013 showing the facilitators involved and the participating groups

Reforestation on the 16th December 2012

16th December 2012

In the small town of Cameron Highlands, deforestation is everywhere. On the 12th of December 2012, 150 volunteers from the forestry department and R.E.A.C.H headed to Sungai Pauh to give life to an area which was now as empty as a man’s shaven head. I myself took part in this activity as a volunteer of R.E.A.C.H. Upon arriving at the site, we split up into groups and were trailing down slopes of 45 degrees while planting saplings at certain sites. Minutes and hours passed by as we planted over a hundred saplings in that one area. Once at the bottom, I noticed that we could have done better. The group consisted of too many people. An exact figure would be hard to give but one in every 7 saplings or so would be stepped on as the trail sloped downwards. Adding on to that would be the inability for a very small fraction of the people to realize that “the plant should be in the soil and not on the surface”. A flaw on its own is negligible but a slew of them would affect the results adversely. In conclusion, the overall success of this reforestation project was average. A project of this scale should have been taken more seriously but as a wise man once said “It’s still better than not trying” and I still believe that this is a stepping stone for a better Cameron Highlands.

 

By Tristan