Penang set to be beautified with completion of mangrove area

Posted on February 28, 2011. Filed under: Bio-diversity, Forestry/Wetlands |

-The Star-

GEORGE TOWN: A mangrove forest about the size of a football field will soon take shape off Gurney Drive, with the planting of the final batch of 2,000 mangrove saplings.

Tanjung Bungah assemblyman Teh Yee Cheu said the forest would cover the seafront off the Marina Bay condominium, near Tanjung Tokong, to the Gurney Drive coast.

Teh, who is heading the mangrove planting project, urged the state government to gazette the area as a forest reserve to prevent people from cutting the trees.

On reports on the chopping of six young mangrove trees at Gurney Drive in December last year, he said it was done by an owner of a restaurant there.

“The owner chopped down the trees as they blocked his customers’ view of the sea.

“The Penang Municipal Council has warned the owner not to repeat the action. The issue has been resolved,” he told reporters after the planting of the last batch of saplings by volunteers yesterday.

“We have planted 10,000 mangrove saplings in the area since last April,” he said, calling on the state government to provide funds for a walkway in the forest for people to enjoy the natural ambience.

“We can also put the mangrove forest on the map so it that will become a popular tourism attraction,” he said.

Teh said the 8,000 mangrove saplings planted off Tanjung Tokong have grown into trees.

“They have now become a habitat for many types of birds, including cranes,” he said.

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