Taib waters the Tapang sapling he had just planted at Piasau Nature Reserve.
MIRI: About 1,000 people turned up at Piasau Nature Reserve (PNR) yesterday to plant 1,000 saplings of various tree species.
Leading the ‘Bring Back the Rainforest’ (BBtRF) initiative of Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) was Yang di-Pertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, who planted a Tapang sapling.
Among the dignitaries who turned `planters’ were Second Minister of Resource Planning and Environment Datuk Amar Awang Tengah Ali Hasan, DUN Speaker Datuk Amar Mohd Awang Asfia Awang Nassar; Minister of Local Government Datuk Prof Dr Sim Hui Kian, Assistant Minister of Environment Datuk Len Talif Salleh, Assistant Minister of Tourism Datuk Lee Kim Shin; Deputy State Secretary Datuk Ismawi Ismuni, permanent secretary to the Ministry of Resource Planning and Environment Datu Sudarsono Osman, Miri Resident Antonio Kahti Galis, Sibuti MP Ahmad Lai Bujang, Telang Usan assemblyman Dennis Ngau; Lambir assemblyman Ripin Lamat and Piasau assemblyman Dato Sebastian Ting.
Joining them in the 9am environmental endeavour were some 800 volunteers from various bodies, including schools.
At the gathering, corporate adopters Ta Ann Holdings Berhad, Shell Malaysia, Shin Yang Group of Companies, Dayang Enterprise Holdings Sdn Bhd and Samling Strategic Corporation Sdn Bhd each handed over RM50,000 towards the project.
The adoption fee to help restore the habitat and conserve wildlife at PNR is RM50,000 per plot for the corporate sector. It is RM3,000 per tree for each individual.
PNR was gazetted on Dec 31, 2013, to conserve the flora and fauna: the iconic species being the oriental-piped hornbill, regarded as the flagship species of Piasau.
Shell Malaysia had commissioned a consultant to draw up a master plan to develop and restore PNR, and the BBtRF project is an extension to that master plan.
When all components of the master plan are carried out, PNR will have a range of plants, nature trails, a visitor centre complex and other facilities for visitors.
Under the BBtRF plan, five gardens, namely Piasau Garden, Mixed Species Garden, Fruit Tree Garden, Ficus Garden and Herbal Garden would be established.