The restoration and protection of the Sapulut forest had greatly improved since SFD took stewardship of FMU14 in Sept 1997.
Reduced Impact Logging (RIL) was adopted under the strict regulations from the Forestry Department, to replace clear-felling methods done by past loggers. RIL significantly less destructive than conventional logging.
SFD fully understands the importance of safeguarding the environmental health of FMU14 while also providing to economic needs of Sabah. Previously, the forest was harvested using clear-felling methods to maximize timber harvesting, without taking account of the detrimental effects it can cause to the environment.
There are villages located close to its borders that are home to the local community who would complained about the river getting polluted.
The FMU14 also became the target of illegal loggers who would trespass the border to cut down trees, haphazardly. The FMU14 comprises a mix of dipterocarp forests and share its borders with Sabah’s Wildlife Corridor in Brumas, Tawau.
The Wildlife Corridor serves as a stomping ground to all protected wildlife such as pygmy elephants and hornbills under the Heart of Borneo initiative.