Killing Bokor Mountain

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Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by kaputt » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:00 pm

The killing of Bokor Mountain

Over the past 6 years i have witnessed deliberately set fires on the slopes of Bokor Mountain facing Kampot. Khmer that i asked why someone would set the mountain on fire right in the middle of the hot dry season said that maybe someone dropped a cigarette etc. Of course they all knew WHY but would never say so.

The fires took their toll and you can now see the EROSION of the slopes of Bokor Mountain as an additional attraction for those spending time on Kampot's Riverside. The fires are not limited to those slope but swing around the road to the Teuk Cheu Water Hydro Dam and even beyond. The fires continue in 2019 when we witnessed some smoke almost on top of the mountain.

I am wondering what the purpose of these fires are: Greed (but to gain what?) , Arson (by some idiot ?) or pure Ignorance or what ? Does anybody know ?
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by davegorman » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:19 pm

Land fill. There’ye just moving it to a nicer home near the sea.

Fires are regenerative for land.
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by kaputt » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:38 pm

@davegoreman Fires are regenerative for land
Not on the slopes of Bokor Mountain as far as i can tell. 6 years of fires let some of the higher parts going downhill.
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by King Keil » Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:58 pm

Take a few pics, it's hard to tell how big these fires are etc.
A month ago I was cycling on that beautiful road and there was dense jungle everywhere.
Only place that was really enjoyable around Kampot.
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by hanno » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:42 pm

King Keil wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:58 pm
Take a few pics, it's hard to tell how big these fires are etc.
A month ago I was cycling on that beautiful road and there was dense jungle everywhere.
Only place that was really enjoyable around Kampot.
Most of the good jungle disappeared when Sokha built their resort. I've done a fair bit of bird watching up there and the habitat is but a shadow of its former self.
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by epidemiks » Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:47 pm


hanno wrote:
King Keil wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:58 pm
Take a few pics, it's hard to tell how big these fires are etc.
A month ago I was cycling on that beautiful road and there was dense jungle everywhere.
Only place that was really enjoyable around Kampot.
Most of the good jungle disappeared when Sokha built their resort. I've done a fair bit of bird watching up there and the habitat is but a shadow of its former self.
You mean the habitat around the old hill station, or the whole national park? The mountain is 55km across. Surely Sokha didn't cut it all down?
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by hanno » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:27 pm

epidemiks wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:47 pm
hanno wrote:
King Keil wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 12:58 pm
Take a few pics, it's hard to tell how big these fires are etc.
A month ago I was cycling on that beautiful road and there was dense jungle everywhere.
Only place that was really enjoyable around Kampot.
Most of the good jungle disappeared when Sokha built their resort. I've done a fair bit of bird watching up there and the habitat is but a shadow of its former self.
You mean the habitat around the old hill station, or the whole national park? The mountain is 55km across. Surely Sokha didn't cut it all down?
A lot of the good trees have been removed. When construction started, not only did the new road give easier access to poachers/hunters/loggers; the soldiers that were initially guarding the place were also busy hunting for the pot.
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by John Bingham » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:41 pm

True, and the construction workers were probably setting plenty of snares too.
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by hanno » Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:57 pm

John Bingham wrote:
Fri Mar 08, 2019 2:41 pm
True, and the construction workers were probably setting plenty of snares too.
Lots of snares. It used to be the stronghold of one of the Cambodian near-endemic birds, Chestnut-headed Partridge; but it has become pretty rare. Apparently makes for good eating.
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Re: Killing Bokor Mountain

Post by kaputt » Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:02 pm

PICTURE's , how to do ?
OK, i'm an old ignorant fart that did not bother to find the fineprint. Perhaps you can help me.
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