kota damansara community forest park
this is about my experience and some info i got about kota damansara community forest park in kuala lumpur
The History of Kota Damansara Community Forest Park
The Residents Associations are keen to conserve the Forest Reserve have taken the following actions to further safeguard the Forest Reserve for perpetuity. The Friends of Kota Damansara decided to work towards a Community Forest Park, where the concept of the
local government and the local community work together with frequent public consultation and jointly-managed the forest together. The public consultation ties in with the Selangor Local Agenda 21. With the financial support from United Nations Development Programme-Global Environment Facility Small Grants Programme (UNDP-GEF-SGP), the Friends’ managed two projects, one to develop the Sungai Buloh Forest Reserve into the Kota Damansara Community Forest Park and the other will be to capacity build themselves to manage the Community Forest Park with the local authority and create awareness for the public.
The trademark of Kota Damansara Community Forest Park is an artificial lake. The lake was created in early 2000s due to the building of a road that blocked a small stream that flows through the park. This has introduced aquatic flora and fauna attributable to slow-flowing water body to the area.
Although the Kota Damansara Community Forest Park is a recovering logged-over forest, it still has many features of its original habitat.
Experience and Reflection
Before we go there, I have already search about Kota Damansara Community Forest Park on the internet. There are many interesting pictures and stories I found. It was enough to make me felt so excited. Here are some info that I have got and my own experience in Kota Damansara Community Forest Park.
When we reached there, we were impressed to see the beauty scene there. While we were given a short speech from the instructor, we could see a few monkeys on the tree. All of them look really cute but we were forbidden to go near to them. Luckily, we could snap a few pictures of them.
There are many types of tree there, the interesting trees that can be found here are the soaring Jelutong trees, which is one of the original sources of latex in Malaysia. A number of commercially-valuable trees such as the Nyatoh Tembaga and the Meranti Kepong are considered light hardwood timber and popular targets for loggers.
Other interesting species to look out for include the Petai tree with its curiously shaped flower-heads and slightly dubiously fragrant fruit popular as a local delicacy; the Screwpine or Mengkuang that can grow to great heights; woody climbers such as the lianas; and numerous varieties of wild rattan with their thorny trunks.
A close look at the undergrowth will reveal a colourful array of fungi, lichen and mosses that come in amazing shapes and delicate sizes. It is especially rewarding if a magnifying glass is brought on the walk as you would then be able to truly appreciate the fragile wonder of these vital members of the forest ecosystem.
Also growing close to the forest floor are herbaceous plants such as gingers. In Kota Damansara Community Forest Park, there are several members of the ginger family which reward the trekker with strikingly bright red flowers. Segemuk is another intriguing herbaceous plant with its blood red roots. This is the Malaysian equivalent of ginseng.
Although no one has yet reported an encounter with leeches, there are a variety of other fauna in the forest. Ants, termites and spiders are especially abundant here and a lot of time can be passed following their trails and watching them hunting, being hunted and working all at the same time.
There is a lake in Kota Damansara Community Forest Park. The lake is thriving with Toman (giant snakehead - a freshwater fish). The fish is very rarely jumping out of the water and sometimes. There are also myriad aquatic insects, frogs, snails and other fish live in the lake. Unfortunately, there is a lot of rubbish in the lake. It is enough to ruin the nice view of the lake.
From this activity, I am sure that everyone will realize the importance of nature in our life. We feel serene, peaceful, restful, and tranquil in a grove of trees. The calming effect of nearby trees and urban greening can significantly reduce workplace stress levels and fatigue, calm traffic, and even decrease the recovery time needed after surgery. The calming effect of nearby trees and urban greening can significantly reduce workplace stress levels and fatigue, calm traffic, and even decrease the recovery time needed after surgery. Trees alter the environment in which we live by moderating climate, improving air quality, reducing storm water runoff, and harboring wildlife. Other than that, It is such a waste if we do not treasure our nature because it also can contribute to our country’s economy when there are many tourism come to our country.