LUMUT: Perak has almost a million hectares of forest gazetted as permanent forest reserves as of last month, according to state executive councillor Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi.
She said 42,223 hectares of the 997,604 hectare permanent reserve comprise mangrove, an increase of 616 hectares after the state government gazetted mangrove areas in Kinta and Manjung as the Lekir Permanent Forest Reserve last year.
After officiating at the planting of 10,000 mangrove seedlings at Parit Haji Dollah in Lekir yesterday, she said the increase of permanent forest reserves showed that the state government was committed towards preserving these forests for the benefit of the people and nature.
She said since 2005 the state had replanted over 14 million mangrove trees and other suitable trees involving an area of 3,710 hectares.
The tree planting programme was supported by the federal government which allocated RM143,000 to the state Forestry Department.
Manjung district officer Mohamad Fariz Mohamad Hanip said his office was focusing on research and ways to conserve the mangrove forest in the area.
“We often receive statements from certain parties as if we were destroying the forests without them checking the facts and information first. I want to stress that we often make indepth research and no element of deforestation occurred here in the Manjung area,” he said.