Monthly Archives: March 2016

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March 20-30, 2016: A new green arsenal

An estimate of a thousand seedlings was planted from 20 March to 30 March as part of our reforestation effort in Way Kambas National Park. The amount added to the existent 32.000 trees in the land of 60 hectares as part of our reforestation area in Rawa Kadut Section, which counts for 100 hectares.  Similar to the previous crops, we went back to planting  puspa (Schima Wallichii), jambon (Euginia Sp.), and tiga urat (Cinamommum burmanii).

One of permanent trees. The seedlings planted with the distant of 3x3 meters).

One of permanent trees. The seedlings planted with the distant of 3×3 meters).

The routine kicked off at 8 o’clock in the morning when we started to sow the seedlings. The morning activity would end by 10 o’clock and we would continue in the afternoon from 3 to five p.m.. Those times are the best in planting seedlings. In the meantime, we would usually rest, have our lunch and take a brief nap. Other activities would be taking care of and monitoring the existent trees.

In one day, we could cultivate as many as 400 trees in average. Among the seedlings, there would be several we call “permanent tree” to be put on our intensive care. For example, of five seedlings there will be one subjected trees. In the process, the subjected trees will be taken care of until it grow fully. The rest will also be taken care of, but with not as much as received by the subjected trees. The current total of permanent tree in Kadut Section amounted to 6.400 trees, are expected to be the capital of land cover in the national park.

 

 

 

 

About Way Kambas National Park

Way Kambas National Park is one of many national parks in Indonesia. It covers around 1,300 square kilometers, which located in Lampung Province, southern Sumatra of Indonesia. Way Kambas has a type of swamp forest and lowland rain-forest.

The park belongs to several critically endangered animals from Sumatran tigers, Sumatran elephants, and Sumatran rhinoceroses. Way Kambas also provides birdwatching with rare white-winged wood duck among the over 400 species present in the park.

The park is a home to more than 200 Sumatran elephants; which are also included within elephant training program called the Way Kambas Training Center of Elephants, established in 1985.

Threats to the park are posed by poaching and habitat loss due to illegal logging. Conservation efforts include patrolling and the establishment of the Sumatran Rhino Sanctuary and the Elephant Conservation Center. Located around 9 kilometers from Plang Ijo entrance, the training center was established to protect elephants sustainability as well as an attraction for visitors.

The park has been

 

The view of Kadut section in Way Kambas National Park

The fire begins

Tohari, Joni and I were our way to Kadut’s planting area that morning when a big smoke appeared in the blue sky from eastern direction. Being unequipped with fire extinguishers, we (Tohari, Joni and I) instantly rushed to collect dozens of tree branches as replacement of firefighting equipment. Driving on our motorcycles, we arrived at the fire location  and immediately put down the fire that has started to inflame any nearest vegetation. In a few hours, we managed to extinguish the fire, but unfortunately 10 hectares of green area has gone.

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Minor smoke seen from our sight

Nevertheless, the fire that day did not get in our way to do our earlier work. After crosschecking that there was no fire anymore, we drove back to planting area where we would plant another trees for our restoration program.