KOTA KINABALU: An additional 1,000 trees have been planted at the Crocker Range Forest Reserve in Sabah, with the help of Petronas staff members and volunteers a few days ago.
The two-day tree planting event, which involved more than 150 people, was aimed at conserving the environment and to create more awareness on environmental issues.
General Manager of Petronas Sabah and Labuan Rokiah Sulaiman said the volunteers were from Petronas, Sabah Forestry Department, local communities, as well as other government departments and agencies.
"These initiatives support our larger focus on environment conservation, and are aligned to the aims set out by Yayasan Petronas, its corporate social responsibility (CSR) arm," she said in a statement here on Oct 15.
She said this environmental conservation programme is a continuation of their collaboration with the Sabah Forestry Department in previous years.
"Last year, we planted 1,000 trees at the Kawang Forest Reserve in Papar and another 2,000 mangrove seedlings to rehabilitate a mangrove forest area in Tuaran in 2015 and 2017," Rokiah said.
She said in addition to the tree planting activity, efforts to raise awareness on environmental conservation also included workshops at St Michael's Secondary School in Penampang, which recorded the participation of more than 100 students.
She said they continue to collaborate with relevant authorities and communities through the Sentuhan Alam focus area with the hope that such programmes will contribute towards environment conservation.
The Crocker Range Forest Reserve covers an area of 350,584 hectares and is situated south of the World Heritage Site of Mount Kinabalu.
It consists of mountain chains, hills and valleys and is home to a wide variety of vegetation types, from tropical lowland forest and hill dipterocarp forest, to upper montane forest.