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Lee: Appreciate Nature, Its Beauty, But Take Nothing

MIRI: The people are urged to appreciate nature and its beauty, see everything but take nothing, and leave nothing.

Assistant Minister of Tourism, Arts and Culture Datuk Lee Kim Shin said this in his New Year message to members of the public and nature lovers visiting Piasau Nature Reserve (PNR) � Sarawak’s first community-oriented nature reserve.

He said all visitors to the centre must instil greater appreciation of the historical and unique natural beauty of the nature reserve.

Twenty years ago, we didn’t have hornbills here but today we can see them flying around and making PNR their home and breeding ground.

As one of the totally protected birds in Sarawak, they deserve protection.

So do the other species of flora and fauna here, said Lee when met at the soft launch of PNR’s Interpretation Centre on Tuesday.

Over 100 people attended the event, including Miri MP Dr Michael Teo, Piasau assemblyman Datuk Sebastian Ting who is also chairman of Piasau Camp Miri Nature Park Society (PCMNPS), former Sibuti MP Datuk Ahmad Lai Bujang, Miri District Officer Abdul Aziz Mohd Yusuf and senior SFC officials led by their chief executive officer Zolkipli Mohamad Aton.

Hornbills and 44 other species of birds are among the rich biological attributes of the 116.9ha-PNR. It also has 17 fauna species protected under the Wildlife Protection Ordinance, three mammals, five amphibians, 12 reptiles and 10 butterflies, and 107 flora species.

The interpretation centre, a children’s playground at the Visitors Information Centre (VIC) and certain sections of the nature reserve are the only few facilities at the reserve that are open to the public.

Admission is free and the initial opening hours are from 9am to 3pm on weekdays.

The VIC is in the first phase of a restoration and development initiative financed by Shell and Petronas, who each contributed RM5 million.

To know more about PNR, drop by the office during office hours or call Louis Velda at 085-644487.

Source: Sarawak Government

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