We mainly trade in exportation of timber logs. Our products are traded locally and marketed efficiently overseas for processing to fast growing countries like Japan, China and India. We ensure compliance with any trade and practices for our product to provide a peace of mind for our customers and to accountable for responsible management.
We practice our business by means of responsible management complying with any forestry rules and regulations on our fragile forest resources. Our business covers log harvested only within approved area at the same time ensuring sustainable future supply and forest management.
The logging comprises approximately 200 employees from various local races inclusive of Penan, Iban, Malay, Chinese, Kayan, Kelabit and Kenyah.
In order to implement sustainable forest management and to cope with rapid changes, employees are constantly given opportunity to attend various training program, workshop or seminar organizes by STA. These are designed to ensure employees are aware and up-to-date on forestry rules and regulations as well as to enhance the skill of our employees.
Sustainable Forest Harvesting
As the Earth’s resources come under increasing demand, sustainable forest management has emerged as one of the major environmental challenges facing humanity. In order to meet this challenge, we must learn to satisfy the long-term needs of society and the economy of forest products, without compromising environmental values.
Forests have come to be perceived as one of the most important components of the biosphere and it is a delicate balance, where careful planning must be made to ensure preservation of the ecosystem and ecology of the forests as well as to allow for regeneration and forest growth. Forest management has therefore emerged as vital to conserve nature’s health and assets, and this includes a range of methods for planting, protecting, thinning, extracting, and processing of timber. Forest harvesting no longer refers only to the process of extracting selected trees from the forest to the roadside but also takes into account the importance of forests as a source of nonwood forest products and environmental services, as well as for the conservation of biological diversity and cultural values. This increased complexity means more focussed planning and careful execution of harvesting operations on our part because they must be designed and implemented in such a way as to accommodate and, if possible, enhance the multifunctional character of forests.
Our primary aim is to treat nature with utmost respect and use only environmentally friendly methods in our forest harvesting and plantation activities, employing systematic Forest Management Plans approved by the relevant authorities based on their regulations and guided by ecologically sustainable forest management and practices.
We recognize that environmentally sound forest harvesting and transport operations are essential components of sustainable forestry. This ensures that the natural productivity of the forests and the benefits obtainable from them are maintained. The key to sustainable forest harvesting lies in applying the best knowledge available to critical components of the harvesting operation: harvest planning, construction and maintenance of forest roads, felling and extraction, and post-harvest assessments.
Hence, our harvesting method calls for the removal of only mature trees of accepted commercial size in a designated area at repetitive intervals, leaving younger trees untouched in order for them to grow undisturbed naturally to their own full commercial potential. After the removal of mature trees, the designated area will be closed off for a specific period of time before the next cycle begins again in the same area. This system supports natural regeneration and is highly advantageous to overall forest health.
Under the Annual Coupe system in Sarawak, we base our harvesting cycles on the authorities’ annual allowable harvest period, which is designed to safeguard the environment and ensure sustainable forest management.