The Research Forest are at the Ayer Hitam Reserved Forest, Puchong, with space of 1,248 hectares. The location of this forest in just about 20km from the capital city Kuala Lumpur and less than 10 km from the main campus of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) Serdang. The Selangor State Goverment awarded this Research Forest in a long term agreement for a term of 80 years beginning 1996 with the main purposes for education. research and extension related to forestry. This forest is managed together by Selangor Forestry Department and Faculty of Forestry UPM based on sustainable forest management. The Forest Management Plan for Ayer Hitam Forest Reserve is prepared by the faculty.
The forest area, which includes compartment 1, 2, 12, 13, 14 and 15, is the only well- managed Lowland Dipterocarp Forest in the Klang Valley. The facilities currently available are a partially enclosed multipurpose hall, prayer room, kitchen, bathrooms, toilets and a playing field. The base camp can accomodate around 100 to 150 person at a particular time.
This forest is also used for teaching purposes in the field of forestry, wood science and park & recreation management. There are many field plots for research activities in silviculture, wildlife management, forest ecology, forest survey, forest engineering, hydrology, etc. The extension programmes commonly held include forestry, science, motivation, interpretation and ecological camps.
For more information, please call:
Mr. Paiman Bawon
Head of Forest and Plantation Section
Faculty of Forestry
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM, Serdang
Phone : 603 89467171/ 7162
Fax : 603 89432514
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