KOTA KINABALU: A proposed logging operation in Sabah’s interior is beyond the renowned Trus Madi conservation area, it has been pointed out.
Sabah Forestry Department Chief Conservator Datuk Sam Mannan said the conservation area, known as Trus Madi Nuluhon, was a class one protected forest reserve sprawling 80,000ha.
He said the area was part of a state tract of 175,000ha gazetted as a forest reserve in the 1970s.
Since then, he said 106,000ha had been designated as a commercial forest reserve.
Mannan said the department had earmarked 15,000ha from Trus Madi for conservation under the Trus Madi Nulohon forest reserve.
“Only reduced impact logging will be carried out at the Trus Madi area.
“A management plan is being drawn up and we will only allow logging there if all stakeholders, including the department, licence holders and NGOs are satisfied with it,” Mannan said to reporters yesterday.
Mannan was commenting on an announcement by Priceworth International Bhd that its wholly-owned subsidiary Sinora Sdn Bhd would begin to extract and remove commercial logs and/or merchantable timber from the Trus Madi forest reserve area in Sabah.
In a filing with Bursa Malaysia on Wednesday, the wood product manufacturer said this followed the approval given by Sabah Forestry Department for Anika Desiran Sdn Bhd, which has appointed Sinora as contractor, to start operations in Compartment 57 and Compartment 58 which span 1,759.8ha within the Trus Madi conservation area.