The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve in Laguna

Mount Makiling Forest Reserve Laguna Mountain Location Slopes Hill Volcano Elevation Summit Distance Kilometerhiking Trail Los Banos Bay Calamba Santo Tomas Batangas Province Barangay University Info The Mount Makiling Forest Reserve occupies the upper slopes of Mount Makiling, an inactive volcano located 60 km southeast of Manila. Mount Makiling Forest Reserve has an elevation of 1,090 meters and covers an area of 4,244 hectares, straddling parts of Los Baños and Bay towns and Calamba City in Laguna, and Sto. Tomas town in Batangas Province. The University of the Philippines Los Baños manages reserve for its scientific, educational & other values. Mount Makiling Forest Reserve is home to a large number of biological species, several of which are considered threatened by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Of these, 62 species are endemic to the Philippines, with 14 restricted to the Greater Luzon Faunal region. Some of the species whose presence have been confirmed in the MMFR include Continue reading

Makiling Botanical Garden in Laguna

Makiling Botanical Garden Los Banos University Campus College Forestry Natural Resources Laguna Province Location Plant Ecotourism Ecopark Land Aboretum Nursery Recreation Area Flora Fauna Map Exhibit The Makiling Botanical Gardens is located at the College of Forestry and Natural Resources, UP Los Baños Campus in Laguna Province. The Makiling Botanical Gardens  was founded in September 1965 to support professional instruction and research related to forestry and plant sciences. It has served the needs of eco-tourism as well as the educational and recreational needs of the general public. MGB occupies 300 hectares of forest land distributed into three main sections composed of the Aboretum, Nursery, and Recreational areas. There are 1,060 genera; 2,087,150 varieties, 2 culvinators of flowering plants and ferns representing 209 families of flowering plants and ferns in the Mount Makiling area. An exhibit of Philippine wildlife in a diorama can be viewed in the pavilion. Mini waterfalls, gurgling creeks, natural swimming pool, concrete trails as Continue reading