Pasoh Forest Reserve (10.01.2011 to 12.31.2011)

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Year: 
2011
Quarter: 
October - December
Communications activities: 

The TEAM project was included in Pasoh FRIM Research Station's standard briefing presentations which was presented at least four (4) times since July 2011:

1. FRIM-HSBC Staff Development Programe on Forest and Climate Change 22-24 July 2011 (national)

2. FRIM-HSBC Staff Development Programe on Forest and Climate Change 21-23 October 2011 (national)

3. FRIM-HSBC Staff Development Programe on Forest and Climate Change 11-13 November 2011 (national)

4. AsiaFlux 2011 Conference Tour 12 November 2011 (international)

 

Unusual Events at the TEAM Site: 

Camera trap data revealed the existence of mammals in the Pasoh forest reserve that were thought to be locally extinct. This included the sun bear and the panther, which was last seen almost two decades ago.

New Species: 

None

Protocol Activities: 

Vegetation: Six 1-ha plots were established; three in Array 1 (Pasoh FR) and three in Array 2 (Kenaboi FR – neighbouring forest). Stem diameters will be first censused in the next-first dry season, beginning January 2012.

Vertebrates: Camera traps were deployed at 60 points: 30 in the Pasoh Forest Reserve, and 30 in the Kenaboi Forest Reserve. Images have been processed, and will be sent to TEAM headquarters on CD.

Climate: Sensors were installed in an existing 52-m aluminium canopy tower in August 2011. Testing procedures were successful but there were some technical problems; failure to read memory card, disconnected wire

 


 

Protocol Problems: 

No problems in following protocols. Only technical problems in uploading data and images unto the TEAM website.

Schedule Problems: 

The start up of the project faced several time delays due to:

1. approval from the forest custodian (the state forestry department) which involved getting state approval

2. August is an ideal time for camera trapping and vegetation census, but it is also the fasting month. August could not be used for fieldwork because the team members were fasting.

Logistical Problems: 

1. Access to sites (vegetation and vertebrate) were challenging at some places. The absence of rivers (source of water) made the team unable to camp in the forest while setting up the vetebrate and vegetation sites. Camps had to be set up at the edge of the forest and daily trips to the site from the camp took much more time.

2. Equipment shipment was delayed, hence the project started later than planned.

Suggestions: 

1. Would be great if we could also upload data onto the TEAM portal, like other sites.