Re-Opening of Four Nature Reserves in Sarawak

KUCHING – Sarawak Forestry Corporation (SFC) has announced the re-opening of four selected nature reserves to the public starting June 8, 2020, based on the decision made by the Sarawak Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) and watch out for more to reopen by June 17.

The selected nature reserves are Sama Jaya Nature Reserve (Kuching), Bukit Lima Nature Reserve (Sibu), Piasau Nature Reserve (Miri) and Bukit Sembiling Nature Reserve (Limbang). During this time, visitors must comply with the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that SFC has put in place.

Activities such as ecotourism tours, picnic, children playground recreational activities and physical fitness area, group physical exercise, religious or social functions, trekking outside authorised tracks, as well as disturbing, touching and feeding of wildlife are not permitted.

Children below 12 are not allowed to enter and all names and contact numbers of each visitor must be recorded. Priority will be given to those who had booked prior to their visit. The SOP pointed out that a maximum of 100 visitors are allowed per day, depending on the discretion of the respective wardens.

SFC has also designated separate trails for jogging and walking, while facilities such as café and the park shop will remain closed. Opening hours for senior citizens are from 7am to 10am, and adults from 2pm to 6pm. The reserves will be closed between 10am to 2pm.

For more inquiries, the public can contact the respective nature reserve offices; Sama Jaya Nature Reserve (+6082-365194 or +6011-25181901), Bukit Lima Nature Reserve (+6082-228108 or +6019-4685402), Piasau Nature Reserve (+6085-644487 or +6016-8898590) and Bukit Sembiling Nature Reserve (+6085- 215121 or +6013-8121930).

Bukit Lima Nature Reserve is one of the selected nature reserves which re-opened on June 8. (Photo by Sarawak Forestry Corporation)
Bukit Lima Nature Reserve is one of the selected nature reserves which re-opened on June 8. (Photo by Sarawak Forestry Corporation)