Saturday, January 1, 2011

Have you ever wondered what's on your right as you drive towards the ASEAN Bridge?

Mapview for the benefit of those driving to ASEAN Bridge fro Permyjaya.

GoogleEarth has got some new satellite images (2010) from Kuala Baram, it's amazing how the landscape has changed in just over a year quietly away from public scrutiny.

The patch along Kuala Baram road is now grown with some leafy green plants that's already about 10 feet high today. The land was cleared shortly before Q1 this year.

The first patch along the beach is now grown with oil palm, while the second patch is overgrown already with some very fast growing leafy plant. Land was cleared backin Q1-2010; the second stage peatswamp reclaimation is taking place between the two patches today.

The marshes and swamp between ASEAN Bridge and Kpg Masjid has been completely cleared, there isn't a single big tree left amongst the newly cleared patch.

There isn't a single perch for the Black-winged Kite much else nesting tree for the White-bellied Sea Eagle, Grey-headed Fish Eagle, Changeable Hawk Eagle or others. More work is presently being carried out in the area as elsewhere around the area as can be seen from the roadside.

Clearly seen from the aereal photos are plantation boundaries that moved right to the edge of the tributaries to the mighty Batang Baram. Ever wondered how those were cleared and transformed to the state that they are in now, don't think woodchippers were in heavy use here last year.

Nazeri Abghani/MNS Miri/Jan 2011

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