Pasoh Forest Reserve (04.01.2014 to 06.30.2014)

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April - June
Communications activities: 

- The TEAM vertebrate field team trained eight FRIM (Forest Research Institute Malaysia) staff on camera trapping technique in Pasoh Forest Reserve on 7-9 May 2014

 - The site manager presented an introductory of the TEAM project as a study case to a group of 25 biology students from Dong Hwa University, Taiwan on 22 June 2014


Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

Mast flowering of Dipterocarps began in early March 2014, and is expected to last until August 2014.

The Metereological Department also suggested that whole of Malaysia will experience minor El Nina from June to September 2014.


New Species: 


Protocol Activities: 

Vegetation: The first census of plots 7, 8 and 9 in Pasoh was completed, including more than 1,200 trees. These plots replace the three vegetation plots that were in Kenaboi. Species verification of voucher specimens is being undertaken.

Vertebrates: Camera trapping in the first array has been completed. Sampling of the second array is ongoing. We are using security enclosures at some locations to prevent theft, a problem we had last year.


Protocol Problems: 

Vertebrates: The 13,000 ha Pasoh Forest Reserve is facing serious encroachment issues along the reserve boundaries. Small- and medium-scale plantations are being established by the local community, whereby the forest is clear cut. At least 5 of the TEAM camera-trap points have been affected, and two locations had to be relocated. The size of the reserve has now become insufficient to accommodate 60 points should the points stay under forest cover on a 2km grid. This year we have managed to find suitable relocation areas but there is a high likelihood that there will be no forested area left if new locations are needed for next year and the years to come if the encroachment (or possibly degazzettement of the reserve) is not halted. The TEAM Executive Director, Jorge Ahumada, has been informed and a solution is being discussed. Meanwhile, meetings with the relevant authorities; forestry and wildlife are being planned to highlight this issue with hopes to curb the encroachment activities.

Climate: limate data is uploaded to MyTEAM every month. However earlier this year a few problems were encountered during the uploading resulting in data (particularly February 2014) not being uploaded. Sometimes the same data is uploaded multiple times unintentionally as the system hangs during uploading and thus the process is repeated.

Schedule Problems: 

Vegetation: Three new vegetation plots were established to replace plots 4, 5, and 6 in Kenaboi. This was more work than anticipated. Leaf voucher specimens are still being verified for species identification and, while scheduled to be completed by mid June 2014, may be delayed for another month or two due to the non-availability of the plant taxonomist.