September 28, 2013, 3:26 amFiled under: Maewong — Posted by Eco-Question Editor
Content by: Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation – www.dnp.go.th
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The park is very rugged and hilly along Tanon Thong Chai mountain range, especially on the north and west. With the highest peak at 1,964 m. above sea level it is one of highest mountain ranges in the west of Thailand. Three main rivers of which the Mae Wong River is the biggest drain the park.
Weather in Mae Wong National Park can be divided into 3 seasons as follows :
1. Summer : during March – May
2. Raining : during June – October
3. Winter : during November – February which is mostly suitable for traveling.
Flora and Fauna
The park’s main area is covered by mixed deciduous, which has Tectona grandis, Afzelia xylocarpa, Pterocarpus macrocarpus and xylia kerrii as dominant tree. Evergreen forest is found among deep, wild pig, asiatic jackal, squirrels, civets and porcupine amongst others. And more than 450 species of bird that some in Thailand. More common mammals are barking Deer, Wild Pig, Asiatic Jackal, Squirrels, Civets and Porcupine amongst others. And more than 450 species of bird that some rare in Thailand.
The campaign against Maewong Dam project was initiated by the Seub Nakhasathien Foundation when its secretary-general Sasin Chalermlarp began a protest march, walking the 388 kilometres from Mae Wong to Bangkok on September 10 – 22, 2013.
Sasin opposed with the Maewong dam project because the project will be construct at the Maewong national park which also affect the head watershed and the habitat of wildlife species especially tigers. He also explained that the Environmental and Health Impact Assessment (EHIA) report from Royal Irrigation Department (RID) lacked correct information on how the forest area and animals would be affected by this project.
Maewong National Park is part of Southeast Asia’s largest remaining forest tract, known as the Western Forest Complex which is Thailand’s first Natural World Heritage Site, the Thung Yai-Huay Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuaries.
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