December 1, 2002 On the Move December 1, 2002 On the Move On the Move Zola-Mari Williams has become associated with McGuire Woods, LLP, with offices at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 3300, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 798-3200.She concentrates in complex commercial, class action, and securities litigation, and intellectual property. Jorge Espinosa has become a partner with Kluger, Peretz, Kaplan & Berlin, with offices at 201 S. Biscayne Blvd., 17th Fl., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 379-9000. He concentrates in intellectual property for Latin American businesses. Joseph F. Summonte, Jr., has become associated with Judd, Shea, Ulrich, Oravec, Wood & Dean, P.A. at 2940 S. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, 34239, telephone (941) 955-5100. He concentrates in litigation. Donlevey-Rosen & Rosen announces the relocation of its offices to 2121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Ste. 320, Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 447-0061. The firm concentrates in offshore trust and wealth preservation planning. Katherine S. Straub and Cary P. Sabol have become associated with Nason, Yeager, Gerson, White & Lioce, P.A. with offices at 1645 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Ste. 1200, West Palm Beach 33401, telephone (561) 686-3307. Sandra Krumbein, Katie Lane, and Patsy Zimmerman have become associated with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., with offices at 200 E. Broward Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33302, telephone (954) 764-6660. All three will practice in the firm’s litigation practice group. Kevin Carmichael has been promoted to partner at Quarles & Brady, with offices at 4501 Tamiami Trail North, Ste. 300, Naples, 34103-3060, telephone (941) 262-5959. He concentrates in business, taxation, trusts, and estates. Jennifer Walker has become associated with, and Douglas Kniskern has become of counsel to, Broad & Cassel, at 1 Financial Plaza, Ste. 2700, Ft. Lauderdale 33394, telephone (954) 764-7060. Walker will practice in commercial litigation and health law and Kniskern in estate planning. Thomas D. Smith, who had been in solo practice concentrating in criminal defense and family law, has joined the Office of Statewide Prosecution, as an assistant statewide prosecutor, with offices at Plaza 01, The Capitol, Tallahassee 32399-1050, telephone (850) 414-3700, The law firm of Astigarraga Davis has relocated to the 16th floor of the 701 Brickell Tower, Miami 33131. The telephone number, (305) 372-8282, remains the same. Desmond Jordan, Jr., has joined the Office of Statewide Prosecution, Century Plaza, Ste. 1000, 135 West Central Boulevard, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 245-0893, as an assistant statewide prosecutor. He formerly was a prosecutor with the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in New York. Joseph Hwan-Yul Lee has become a partner with the Law Offices of James Martin Brown, with offices at 211 South Main St., Brooksville 34601, telephone (352) 799-0841. He practices appellate law, civil rights, and personal injury. Ben Whaley Le Clercq has been named managing partner with Ten State Street, LLP, with offices at 180 E Bay St., Charleston, SC 29401-2123, telephone (843) 937-0110 and London, England. He concentrates in international business transactions and international litigation strategy. James C. Banks and Robert A. Morris announce the formation of Banks and Morris, P.A., with offices at 103 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850) 681-1010. Alexander Dombrowsky has joined the firm as an associate. The firm concentrates in the areas of family and marital law, criminal defense, wills, probate, civil trials, and appeals. Mark A. Coel has joined Michaud, Buschmann, Mittelmark, Millian, Blitz and Warren, P.A., with offices at 33 S.E. 8th St., Boca Raton 33432, telephone (561) 392-0540. He concentrates in the business aspects of healthcare, regulatory compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate and tax matters. Domingo Gonzalez has become associated with Russel Lazega, with offices at 13499 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 107, North Miami 33181, telephone (305) 981-9055. He practices litigation of insurance claims on behalf of consumers and medical providers. Gale Lewis, former assistant public defender with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office, has become associated with Kramer and Golden, P.A., with offices at 12000 Biscayne Blvd., Ste. 500, Miami 33181, telephone (305) 899-1800. She concentrates in the areas of criminal litigation, probate, and real estate law. Meghan Boudreau Daigle has joined Joyce Sibson Dove, P.A., with offices at 203 N. Gadsden St., Tallahassee 32301, telephone (850) 224-1111. She concentrates in corporate law, probate, children’s law, and international and domestic adoption. Allen Dell, P.A. announces the relocation of offices to 202 S. Rome Ave., Tampa 33606, telephone (813) 223-5351. The firm concentrates in diverse areas of civil law. Craig Colburn, formerly of Hartman, Simons, Spielman & Wood in Atlanta, has joined Norton, Hammersley, Lopez and Skokos, P.A., with offices at 1819 Main St., Ste. 610, Sarasota 34236, telephone (941) 954-4691. He practices environmental and land use law. David N. Arizmendi has become associated with Quarles & Brady LLP, 4501 Tamiami Trail N., Ste. 300, Naples 34103, telephone (941) 262-5959. He practices in the firm’s litigation department. Seth L. Rodner, formerly a federal prosecutor with the National Crime Enforcement Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C., has become a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs Banker, with offices at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 228-7411. He practices in financial services and white collar criminal litigation. John-David Dickenson, Ricardo Egozcue, Benjamin Jilek, Kristine Oureilidis, Brandon R. Scheele, Mark D. Tinker, John W. Zajac and Natalie Zindorf have become associated with Fowler White Boggs Banker, with offices at 501 E. Kennedy Blvd., Ste. 1700, Tampa 33602, telephone (813) 228-7411. They practice in the firm’s litigation department. Tracy J. Mabry, formerly with Clark, Thomas & Winters, P.C., Sherwin P. Simmons, and Fernando M. Giachino have become associated with Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano & Bozarth, P.A., with offices at 800 N. Magnolia Ave., Ste. 1500, Orlando 32803, telephone (407) 841-1200. Mabry counsels in the health law department; Simmons practices in the tax department; and Giachino practices in the estate planning department. Michael A. Petrucelli, Walter H. Djokic, and Mary Jane Fitzgerald have joined McIntosh Sawran Peltz Cartaya & Petrucelli, P. A., with offices located at 1776 E. Sunrise Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale 33338, telephone (954) 765-1001. Petrucelli practices in medical malpractice and general insurance defense. Djokic and Fitzgerald both consentrate in medical malpractice defense. Christopher T. Hill, formerly of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, has joined Scarborough and Rugh, with Orlando offices now relocated to 200 S. Orange Ave., SunTrust Center, Ste. 2210, Orlando 32801, telephone (407) 926-7460. Keysha Smith and Celina Candes have become associated with Baker &Hostetler, LLP with offices at 200 S. Orange Ave., SunTrust Center, Ste. 2300, Orlando 32801-3432, telephone (407) 649-4000. Smith practices in the firm’s business group. Candes practices in the firm’s litigation group. Douglas L. Waldorf, Jr., has become a shareholder with Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., with offices at 1715 Monroe St., Ft. Myers 33901, telephone (239) 334-4121. He concentrates in real estate transactions and banking law. William Shepherd, a former assistant state attorney in Miami, has been named an associate of Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito Christensen, P.A., with offices at One Clearlake Centre, 250 Australian Ave. S., West Palm Beach 33401-5016, telephone (561)803-3500. He practices in commercial litigation and government enforcement. Adam F. Haimo, formerly with Houston and Shahady, in Ft. Lauderdale, has joined Hodgson Russ, LLP, with offices at 1801 N. Military Trail, Boca Raton 33431 telephone (561) 394-0500. He practices in business and commercial litigation. Fabienne E. Fahnestock, formerly with Ruden, McClosky, Smith, Schuster & Russell, P.A., has become associated with Gunster Yoakley, with offices at Broward Financial Center, 500 E. Broward Blvd., Ste. 1400, Ft. Lauderdale 33394, telephone (954) 462-2000. She concentrates in appellate law and general commercial litigation. Kirby D. Geraghty, former associate for Boyd & Jenerette, P.A., in Jacksonville, has become an associate of Akerman Senterfitt, with offices located at 50 N. Laura St., Ste. 2500, Jacksonville 32202, telephone (904) 798-3700. She concentrates in civil litigation, insurance defense claims, and general liability cases. T. Spencer Crowley and Joshua Spector have joined the Miami offices of Gunster Yoakley at One Biscayne Tower, Ste. 3400, 2 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami 33131, telephone (305) 376-6000. Spector practices in the firm’s litigation department, while Crowley practices environmental and land use law. The Law Offices of Russell D. Bernstein, P.A., have announced the relocation of offices to 3300 University Dr., Ste. 804, Coral Springs 33065, telephone (954) 752-2010. Brian K. Oblow has become an associate with Glenn Rasmmussen Fogarty & Hooker, in Tampa. He works as an associate in the firm’s banking an insolvency practice group. Andre A. Rouviere announces the relocation of offices to 3001 Ponce De Leon Blvd., Ste. 214, Coral Gables 33134, telephone (305) 774-7000. He concentrates in the areas of criminal law, personal injury, medical malpractice, and general civil litigation. Louis I. Mussman recently joined Smith Clark Delesie Bierley Mueller & Kadyk, with offices at 100 N. Tampa St., Ste. 2120, Tampa 33602, telephone (813)226-1880. He practices in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial law, estates and trusts, and professional liability.
Camera-trap image of a wild elephant. Courtesy of the Ulu Muda Field Research Center. Wild elephant in Ulu Muda. Photo courtesy of Ulu Muda Field Research Center. Article published by Isabel Esterman Wild elephants in Ulu Muda. Photo courtesy of Ulu Muda Field Research Center. Camera-trap image of a wild elephant and calf. Courtesy of the Ulu Muda Field The Ulu Muda forest is the primary source of water for four million Malaysians, as well as for industry and agriculture.The forest is also home to a huge diversity of species, including the Asian elephant, Malayan tapir, sambar deer and clouded and spotted leopards.Although the federal government imposed a ban on logging in the reserve in 2003, local authorities have allowed commercial logging to increase over the past decade. Logs on the back of a track leaving Ulu Muda. Photo by Kate Mayberry for Mongabay.ULU MUDA, Malaysia — On a dusty roadside in northwestern Malaysia, the drivers of three trucks laden with logs are lounging beneath an open-sided hut while they wait for officials to clear their cargo. Moments later another lorry pulls over, its load balanced precariously on top of the trailer and a red flag fluttering at the rear to warn other road users about the potentially dangerous cargo.Loggers are back in business in Ulu Muda, a protected forest that covers an area twice the size of Singapore along Malaysia’s border with Thailand, and is the main source of water to some four million people in the country’s three northern states.“The extraction process is extremely destructive,” said Phang Fatt Khow, the secretary of the Kedah branch of the Malaysian Nature Society and a former agricultural official. “They use a lot of bulldozers and they have to use a lot of timber trucks. That’s even worse than the tree removal itself. The area shouldn’t be logged at all.”Hymeir Kamarudin, who first visited Ulu Muda more than two decades ago, knows all about the damage caused by logging. The avid caver and limestone expert used to work for WWF-Malaysia in the neighboring state of Perlis, and now operates Ulu Muda Field Research Center, a 90-minute journey across the Muda Lake and up the Muda River into a rainforest thought to be as many as 170 million years old.Crossing Ulu Muda lake. Photo by Kate Mayberry for Mongabay.Over the years, he’s seen how the expanding industry has turned the water a milky brown as rain washes the soil from the logged hillsides into the river. The sedimentation means that where once it was possible to make the journey to the camp on a boat with a regular outboard engine, only those with a long-tail motor can do so today. During the dry season, parts of the river are so shallow that visitors have to get out and maneuver the boat over the sand banks.“Most of (the logging) is being legally done,” Hymeir said. “But although it’s legal it doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. The decision-makers in Kedah (the state where Ulu Muda is located) are not looking at the bigger picture: the conservation value of this place and the water catchment.”The north-western states are Malaysia’s rice bowl. From Kedah’s state capital of Alor Setar, tens of thousands of hectares of emerald green paddy fields stretch out across the coastal plains towards the hills, producing 40 percent of the rice grown in Malaysia each year. Successful rice cultivation generally demands plenty of water so in 1966 work began on an irrigation system that would ensure the rice farmers had enough to support not only one harvest a year, but two. With the support of the World Bank, the Pedu and Muda dams were built and the once forested valleys flooded. A further dam – Ahning – was completed in the 1980s.Although the construction provided opportunities for logging in the forest, it was mostly left alone. But over the past two decades, commercial logging has expanded despite a Federal government ban that was imposed in the reserve in 2003 after a proposal to start helicopter logging triggered public anger.Ulu Muda is located near Peninsular Malaysia’s border with Thailand. Data from forest monitoring platform Global Forest Watch shows the extent of forest loss in the area from 2000-2013.The politics of loggingPoliticians from rival parties have backed logging, which started in earnest after PAS, the Islamic party, took control of the state government in the 2008 elections. PAS officials claimed it was the only way the state could raise funds, but even when a new party took power in 2013, the practice continued. Politicians said they needed to honor the licenses that had already been given out.Last December, environmentalists noticed an old logging road, not far from the Muda Dam and clearly visible from the lake, had been reopened raising concern not only about the effect on water quality so close to the lake’s shore, but also potential access for poachers and hunters.Satellite imagery shows the progression of a road south of Muda Lake in since 2016.Data from Global Forest Watch indicates that the logging road (marked with red arrows) intrudes on previously intact forest landscapes.The logging track can be seen from Muda Lake. Photo by Kate Mayberry for Mongabay.Earlier this year, a local newspaper discovered new tracks in the southern part of Ulu Muda with high-quality wood – Meranti, Merbau and Cengal – piled up in camps ready to be transported to the timber mills. At one site, they found a signboard that indicated the state itself was the license owner.Despite rising anger from NGOs and the state of Penang, which accused Kedah of “gambling” with the water supply by continuing to log, local authorities insist there has been no effect on water quality. Chief minister Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, who has responsibility for logging and land issues, declined Mongabay’s request for an interview.“It’s a human problem,” said Zakaria Kamantasha, a former Army captain who comes from a family of paddy farmers and runs Sri Lovely, an organic rice farm about half an hour’s drive from the Muda Dam. “It’s humans who create nature’s problems.”Sri Lovely’s rice paddies are spread out over a ten-hectare site in a valley of forested hills, surrounded by thatched huts of bamboo; home to the volunteers who spend their days tending the crop alongside workers from the surrounding villages. Water comes from the stream that runs through the site, although adaptations to traditional techniques mean they need about 60 percent less than other farmers.The stream near Sri Lovely. Photo by Kate Mayberry.Two months ago, floods triggered by heavy rain washed mud and sand downstream, swamping Sri Lovely’s rice fields and destroying the crop. The villagers further down the valley, who rely on the river for their daily needs, complain that their water is no longer as clean as it once was.“You can see the sand in the river and after it rains the water’s the color of ‘Milo’ (a chocolate milk drink),” Zakaria said, the farm’s free range chickens pecking at the soil as he spoke. “I don’t know why they don’t care for the people in this area. They are just looking at the short term and not about the future. This land we borrow from our grandchildren. We must take care of it.”“Reserved for logging?”Ulu Muda is a combination of lowland dipterocarp, hill dipterocarp and upper hill dipterocarp that includes virgin jungle as well as previously logged areas (secondary forest), and is divided into seven “Permanent Reserved Forests,” which come under the country’s forestry laws. Designation as a PRF does not mean the jungle will be preserved untouched. The majority of the PRF in the area is earmarked for timber production with slightly below a third for water catchment and the rest for research, education and recreation, according a WWF-Malaysia report assessing the Ulu Muda water catchment in 2009.“The area is classified as a forest reserve, but the protection is not strong enough,” said MNS’ Phang. “Reserved for what?” he asks. “Reserved for logging?”Legal logging at Ulu Muda takes place under the Malaysian Timber Certification System (MTCS), which is supposed to protect the ecology of the country’s forests and ensure the timber business is sustainable. Much of Malaysia’s timber is exported overseas to countries including the UK, Switzerland and France, where such sustainability certification is crucial.Satellite images from Planet Labs show a proliferation of logging tracks in the south of the reserve.Close-up of the areas where logging spindles can be observed, indicating the tracks extend into previously intact forest landscapes.At the beginning of this year, the Netherlands also recognized Malaysia’s timber certification for use in public procurement projects. But Eric Wakker, director of Dutch NGO Aidenvironment, harbors serious doubts the industry’s sustainability.Examining audit reports, maps and satellite imagery for a report (pdf) on Kedah forestry last year he found logging in the state was “highly dependent” on primary forest, that there had been “recent, heavy logging” in water catchment forests, as well as land clearing and logging at elevations above 1,000 meters.“The evidence is overwhelming that they are logging it,” Wakker said. “There’s nothing sustainable about it. It’s outrageous that Western governments have endorsed this practice of ‘sustainability.’” Wakker plans to take his campaign back to the Dutch parliament. “(The issue) is not closed,” he insisted.Ulu Muda forest. Photo by Kate Mayberry for Mongabay.A haven for mammals and birdsUlu Muda was first proposed as a wildlife reserve in 1968, by an ecologist named W.E. Stevens, and the suggestion was included in the Third Malaysia Plan (Malaysia’s government uses these plans to map out its development strategy) of 1976 – 1980. Recognition of Ulu Muda’s conservation value also came in the National Physical Plan, which designated the region as an Environmentally Sensitive Area Rank 1, and noted its importance to the Central Forest Spine, the jungles including the main national park that run from north to south along the country’s main mountain range.The area is home to a huge diversity of species from the Asian elephant to the Malayan tapir and birdlife such as the globally-threatened plain-pouched hornbill, which takes to the skies in formation at dusk. In July last year, volunteers counted an astonishing 1,720 birds in a single evening. Along with neighboring Belum-Temenggor, it is one of the only places in Malaysia where all ten species of hornbills can be found. Biodiversity, Conservation, Deforestation, Endangered Species, Environment, Featured, Forests, Global Forest Watch, Infrastructure, Logging, Old Growth Forests, Primary Forests, Protected Areas, Rainforests, Wildlife Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored 1234