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Thu 25 Mar 2004

Klang Gates Ridge - a Selangor State Park by 2006?

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The Star Online featured three articles on the exciting news about the proposed Selangor State Park on 23 Mar 2004.

'The Selangor state government has initiated the setting up of the Selangor State Park. The proposed park covering an area of 113,000 ha, forms a belt along the eastern flank of Selangor, reaching into the foothills of the southernmost portion of the Main Range.'

'Dr Wong Khoon Meng, associate professor of the Institute of Biological Sciences in Universiti Malaya says the Hulu Gombak area is a beautiful valley suitable for scientific studies and an ideal site to encourage people to learn about nature. However, existing developments devoted to eco-tourism are rather scattered and uncoordinated something that Wong hopes the state park would remedy when it is established.'

"The state park will help us save the most significant portions of rainforest that are left. A lot of that may have been lost due to development in the Klang Valley, but fortunately we still have some of these areas along the flanks of the main range and in the different areas that have been proposed for conservation," says Wong. "Without this green belt, our environment would be greatly altered in terms of water resources and temperature range."

The proposal is in its initial stage, and it will be some 'two and a half years before land is gazetted'.

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