Chapter 8: Forest Research

At the moment the research activities which have been carried out within the FMU are the establishment and enumeration of PSP. 

The establishment of PSP and its regular monitoring in terms of assessment is required by Criterion 8.2 of MC&I SFM. PSP are measured periodically to gather data to predict the volume of timber.

Objectives of Forest Research:

  • Provide information on residual stand
  • To provide information of the composition status of individuals and distribution of Dipterocarp and Non-Dipterocarp species

A total of 20 permanent sample plots (PSPs) of 100 m x 100 m of 1 hectare each were established initially to achieve the aforesaid objectives.  More PSPs had been set up for analysis.

A total of 84 PSPs need to be set up for analysis in scheduling.

The species composition and distribution in the area seemed diversified.  The presence of species in eachplot seemed to vary quite a lot.  Therefore, more permanent sample plots need to be established and enumerated in the future.  It is also recommended that the reassessment of the plots be donein 3 years’ time or before the revision of the FMP so that some information on Mean Annual Increment (MAI), mortality rate and recruitments or ingrowth can be obtained and hence, a more accurate calculation of the AAC is anticipated.

Future research will be on the recuperation of residual trees after harvesting and the survey of the non-timber forest produce especially rattan available in the area.  In addition, the wildlife population should be also monitored.  The high conservation area will be further researched on its attributes and how to protect and manage such areas.