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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Wood-Mizer’s Malaysia Agent donates and plants 300 trees for Tiger Corridor Reforestation

Mark Ranin, Wood-Mizer’s longtime agent in Malaysia has supported sawmillers in Kuala Lumpur for 15 years through his company Fintec Asia Pacific Sdn Bhd. Originally from Finland, Mark has lived in Southeast Asia for much of his life.

On the 29th of July, 2018, Mark spent a full day yesterday planting trees with a host of other volunteers to reforest a safe passage for tigers to cross under a major highway. This ‘eco corridor’ in Pahang, Malaysia is the world's longest such corridor to allow passage of wildlife freely underneath. Tigers need thick foliage to pass from one side of the forest to the other and Mark’s company donated 300 mixed tropical trees including Meranti tembaga, Nyatoh, Mersawa paya, Sentul and Kepayangan.

“This $20 million bridge was built to allow tigers pass under it as it cuts through a vast Malaysian jungle area. Only 300 tigers are estimated left in the wild in the Malayan peninsula,” Mark comments. “We were happy to donate a few hundred mixed tropical trees and plants to create the foliage under the newly built bridge and spent a whole day planting them with volunteers. The hot day was finished with a swim in a local creek!”

The trees were grown in a nursery that is managed by rural people who rely on their seed gathering and plant nursery to create more incomes.
As forests and the wildlife contained within them face uncertain futures, it’s important that all companies and individuals consider our impact on the environment and the necessity of creating positive steps toward conservation.

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