Thursday, March 25, 2010

Klang Gates Quartz Ridge and forest gazetted

Happy news!

The Klang Gates Quartz Ridge, together with the forests behind the Ridge that connect to the Ulu Gombak Forest Reserve, was gazetted in February 2010 as 'state park' under the National Forestry Act Selangor Enactment, making it now an official part of Taman Negeri Selangor!!

The Klang Gates Quartz Ridge - a unique geological monument of world class standing - was envisioned to be one of the key features of the Park. The Ridge runs for about 14km above ground, at the back of Taman Melawati. It is over 100 million years old.

Unfortunately, the threat of the proposed KL Outer Ring Road cutting through the middle of the Ridge, near the dam, is still very real. Never-the-less, the gazettement of the Ridge as part of Taman Negeri Selangor is a step in the right direction.

Congratulations to the Selangor State Government and to the Selangor Forestry Department for continuing in its commitment to fully gazette the entire 108,000 hectares of the Park. There remains only another 16,000 ha or so still to be gazetted. We look forward to hearing about the gazettement of these remaining areas soon. Thank you for your commitment!

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