Sunday, March 6, 2011

Where is Bukit Tiban National Park?

Bukit Tiban National Park with it's three map reference point : Bukit Tiban, Bukit Iban and Bukit Sekudong.

Bukit Tiban National Park as marked by Sarawak Forestry Department. (Source : Sarawak Forestry Department)

Two potential access points : via Kpg Kuala Nyalau Ulu on the Miri-Bintulu Coastal Highway or the Pan Borneo Highway.

Bukit Tiban NP in relation to Similajau NP on the coast.

The Bukit Tiban National Park encloses the headwaters of two major rivers in the Miri Division, namely Sungai Nyalau and Sungai Timong (a tributary of Sungai Suai), and Sungai Sigrok, a tributary of Sungai Similajau in the Bintulu Division.

It is therefore a vital catchment area for surrounding plantations, industries and residential areas within the three river systems. Its unique features provide for the development of water-based recreation, wildlife watching and jungle trekking. The peak of Bukit Tiban (764 m) serves as a good viewing point, overlooking the whole area including the surrounding plantations.

The park serves as a demonstration area on the successful regeneration of an ex-logging area. The area has been selectively logged prior to 1985. After logging, the Sarawak Forest Department carried silvicultural treatment on selected plots. These treatment practices to enhance regeneration led to satisfactory recovery of natural forest. Demonstration of recovery can be observed and monitored within these research plots. As a result of the forest recovery, the wildlife population has also been significantly enhanced. The park, being an island of natural forest surrounded by oil palm plantations, continues to serve as a refuge for the wildlife which feed within the plantation area by night. The park is vital for the survival of many of these wildlife species.

The Pan-Borneo Highway at Km 50 Bintulu-Miri forms the southernmost boundary of the Park, making it easily accessible. Its strategic location and unique scenic beauty is an ideal day-trip getaway from hectic city life as well as an excellent stop-over for Pan-Borneo Highway travellers

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Access to the area could potentially be possible via 4WD via Kpg Nyalau Ulu (via Coastal Miri-Bintulu Road) or the Pan Borneo Highway. Presently there are no facilities in the Park to cater for visitors, perhaps not even suitable access roads other than 4WD suited plantation roads.

What could be interesting at Bukit Tiban? Birds, all the surrounding area have been converted to oil palm plantation. Bukit Tiban NP could be the last remaining oasis for birds in the area.

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