Saturday, December 23, 2006

Saving Gunung Trus Madi - Positive move

Despite the abuse it has undergone, Gunung Trus Madi may yet be saved. The Sabah Forestry Department has finally introduced its Conservation Area Management Plan (CAMP) for Trus Madi.

CAMP has identified the major threats to the area and selected conservation targets, like the rare Nepenthes x trusmadiensis (hybrid pitcher plants) and the Rafflesia keithii, says the Forestry’s deputy director of planning, Rahim Sulaiman.

“Since October, we’ve established a 24-hour checking station at the entry and exit point to the mountain,” explains Rahim.

In September, the forestry staff collected about four bags of rubbish from the trailhead right up to the summit. Hikers’ backpacks will be checked at the entry point and all gear will be listed.

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