The trees of the future will have gullible metal in them for detection and record. The trees of the future will be able to communicate to each other; open up the canopy for juveniles or seedlings to grow up without the help of arboreal great apes, or lightning, or the death of another. Future foresters would have phone application to identify trees. These are the much further kind of future that I’m insinuating here. What was meant was the future on the scale of 365 days; a year..and then another year…then another. One of the biggest difficulties for sustained management of dipterocarp forests is in getting reliable data on growth and yield. The data are a prerequisite for determining the growth rates being used for managing many forests in the region.
The paucity of information on natural resources, as to how big of a gap, the production line Sarawak was once capable of, back in 1990, where the State could generate RM2.9 bil from log harvested as compared to 2013, where the State achieved RM1.72 bil. There’s no more timber. If you actually observe the so-called “natural forests in Sarawak”, there’s not much of the giant dipterocarps left standing in the wild. I’m talking dbh (diameter at breast height;1.3 m) of over 100 cm.
International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) had to be involved in the effort the curb excessive withdrawal of logs from the natural forests of Sarawak. The ITTO’s 1990 report found that Sarawak’s maximum sustainable yield at 4.1 million cubic meters, which was less than a quarter of the current rate at that time. Back then, the natural forests of the State of Sarawak amount to about 8.7 million hectares, covering 70% of Sarawak’s total land area of about 12 million hectares.
About 6 million hectares of the natural forests were (and are) allocated to the Production Forests as Permanent Forest Estate; delineated for sustainable production of timber and non-wood products. From this 6 million hectares, 4.5 million hectares had already been officially announced as Production Forest under the Forest Regulations. The State land covers an area of about 1.7 million hectares. I’ll cover those figures in the next article.