When nature needs mankind's help


  • Letters
  • Monday, 26 May 2003

RECENT newspaper reports about heli-logging in Kedah seemed to have missed one important aspect.  

I firmly believe nature sometimes requires mankind’s help. 

Eco-scientists have pointed out during and after some of the major fires in the United States and Australia that it is not all bad to have fires wiping out hundreds of thousands of breed. 

We all have heard what inbreeding could do.  

The large canopy effect of the old trees that cover the jungle in the Kedah forest would effectively prevent other vegetations below them from flourishing.  

Since this is a very old forest, this phenomenon must have been around for many years. 

While I am not here to debate the benefits of heli-logging, I believe the condition that the state of Kedah Government has imposed – three trees per acre – would benefit the land more and, at the same time, perhaps, show us a new way to harness this important nature's resource without damaging it.  

For far too long certain interest groups have stubbornly protested against all sorts of development purely on the basis of keeping things the way they are. 

Did it occur to them that the dinosaurs could still have been around today if mankind had the opportunity to help? 

Perhaps, in this instance, the solution could be the formation of an eco watch group comprising both the people in authority and interest groups to monitor this development.  

ECO ASSIST, Kuala Lumpur. (via e-mail)  

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