Sunday, April 25, 2010

Templer's Park Gazetted Under Taman Negeri Selangor

In early March 2010, Templer's Park was gazetted as part of Taman Negeri Selangor.  This brings the total area gazetted to date to just over 93,000 hectares.  This is exciting news for the Park, and for conservation in Selangor.

Templer's Park has been enjoyed by residents of the city, looking for a jungle retreat, since the time of the British.  Over the years, as more green areas have disappeared, Templer's Park and the neighboring recreation sites such as Kancing and Commonwealth forest, have become increasingly popular.  While Templer's Park, Kancing and Commonwealth forest are beautiful (and all part of the Park), they can be extremely crowded, particularly on the weekends and public holidays.

Aside from the crowds, encroachment and development continue to be a major threat to the Park.  The areas outside the Park boundaries in the vicinity of Templer's Park are a hotbed of development.  Only with the residents of Selangor concerned about the Park and active in its conservation, can the Selangor State Park survive well into the future, and continue to provide us with the quality of life we so enjoy.

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