Rapid Observational Assessment on Urban Forest Trails Established at UMS Peak of Universiti Malaysia Sabah

Lim Wing Shen1 , Syazwani Nisa Binti Anuar2 , and Andy Russel Mojiol3

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  • Admin JHT

Keywords:

Urban Forestry, Trail Assessment, UMS Peak, and Universiti MalaysiaSabah.

Abstract

ABSTRACT
Universiti Malaysia Sabah housed a dense secondary forest that served as one of the
urban forests and green lungs in Kota Kinabalu of Sabah, and this urban forest was
known as UMS Peak. Few formal and informal trails were established within UMS Peak,
and their conditions were yet to be properly evaluated since their establishments in 2009.
Therefore, a preliminary assessment was required to assess existing conditions of these
urban forest trails within UMS Peak. Two identified formal trails (Waterfall Trail and
Chancellery Trail) and one informal trail (Kg. E Trail) were selected for rapid visual
observation assessment. Distance from starting point, elevation, slope steepness, trail
forest structure condition, visual value, and management condition for each trail were
assessed at the sample posts established every 100 m along the trail. Surrounding plant
community, facility and infrastructure, slope steepness, elevation, attractive scenic
features, recreational impact, and ground cover were insignificant different, while trail
visibility, trail width, soil compaction, forest layer, potential risk, surrounding scenic
invisibility, and trail management condition were determined to be significantly different,
between the three trails. Chancellery Trail suffered from worse recreational impact, and
then Waterfall Trail was determined to be worse in trail condition compared to Kg. E
Trail. Additionally, interior segments were discovered as main contributors to significant
differences between trails. Therefore, further detailed evaluation on these informal and
formal trails are required to obtain accurate information and much comprehensive
understanding on factors with significant influences towards overall and segment
conditions of these three different trails.
Keywords: Urban Forestry, Trail Assessment, UMS Peak, and Universiti Malaysia
Sabah.

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Published

2019-10-31