Wednesday, September 12, 2007
In Search of Virgin Rainforest
two weekends ago, a few of us went in search of virgin rainforest, guided by some ex-separatist combatants, GAM (Free Aceh Movement). a harder task than it seems with all the illegal logging or rainforest burning going on. on saturday it rained so hard all afternoon and night. The rain was so intense, the river started to flood within half an hour (something that normally happens in a desert, not a jungle with high soil/ground saturation).
by the way, Singapore and Malaysia are many times choked in rainforest fire smoke to unhealthy levels blowing over from Sumatra (or Borneo if the prevailing winds reverse). Aceh, and most of Sumatra, is home to the Sumatran tiger, orangutan and even rhino.
our friend who arranged this trip, is a freelance writer for a few publications back in the states. he was interested in the logging effects in the rainforest and the use of ex-combatants in other roles, like trekking guides (the ones that guided us, were their first time).
Hiking up river
The ex-separatist combatants, our guides
The illegal loggers leave their mark
Rest of the photos are posted on Flickr.