History of the Park’s Establishment
The forests that comprise Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor are a series of forest reserves, some of which were gazetted as long ago as 1906. The area has a long history of serving the people of Selangor.
The series of forest reserves were identified as environmentally sensitive areas in the Draft Structure Plans for Ampang, Selayang, Kajang and Hulu Selangor which were released in the late 19990’s. In response to these plans, TrEES proposed to the Selangor State Government that these forest reserves be combined into a single entity, which is now known as Taman Warisan Negeri Selangor.
In October 2002, the state planning committee appointed TrEES and Town and Country Planning Department of Selangor (JPBD) to act as project facilitators and initiate ‘The Project Towards the Establishment of the Selangor State Park’. 'The Project Towards the Establishment of Taman Negeri Selangor (Selangor State Park)' ran from 2003 – 2005 and was jointly funded by the Selangor State Government and TrEES. The project was a result of TrEES lobbying the State Government, together with the community, for more than 10 years.
In this innovative approach to the project, TrEES and JPBD engaged over 30 different stakeholders including government departments and NGOs, to work together to make the park a reality.
In August 2005, the Selangor State Government, together with the Deputy Prime Minister, officially declared 107,000 hectares of the study area for gazettement as Taman Warisan Selangor. From February 2007 to March 2010, 93,001.5 hectares has been gazetted as a state park under the National Forestry Act Enactment 2005 of Selangor. The size of the Park will encompass an area of about 108,300 hectares when fully gazetted.
The Park is managed by the State Parks Unit of the Selangor Forestry Department, following the State’s guidelines for sustainable development and environmental protection. However, some recreation sites in and around the Park are cared for by the local councils, Tourism Selangor and other agencies.
TrEES remains active in lobbying for the remaining areas to be gazetted, as well as for the sustainable management of the Park.