Sierra Madre Natural Park

Palanan, Isabela

The Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, also known as the Palanan Complex, Palanan Rainforest, or Palanan Wilderness Area, is the largest protected area of the Philippines covering the northern range of the Sierra Madre mountains of eastern Luzon. The park is located in the eastern part of the province of Isabela in Cagayan Valley containing a total of 359,486 hectares.

The park is ...

considered the richest in terms of genetic, species and habitat diversity in the Philippines. It is one of the country's ten priority protected areas added to the Philippines' tentative list of potential World Heritage Sites.

Northern Sierra Madre is drained by 14 major river systems, 11 of which empty into the Philippine Sea and 3 flow into the Rio Grande de Cagayan as tributaries of the Ilagan River. Palanan River, with a drainage area of 63,571 hectares or 29% of the park's total area, is the most extensive, followed by Abuan River and Catalangan River.

The park is also a habitat to many endemic species of plants including various species of tall, straight and slender trees of the family Dipterocarpaceae such as Shorea spp. and Hopea spp.; various orchids such as Dendrobium aclinia; the leguminous plant millettia; and citrus plant species Aurantioideae.

Woodlands cover the largest portion of the park followed by agricultural lands and grasslands. In the coastal municipalities of Palanan and Maconacon where agricultural lands are mostly found, the most common crops are palay, coconut, corn, peanuts, pineapple and other vegetable crops. Grasslands and shrublands are found mainly in the park's southwestern portion where cogon grass and talahib grow.

Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park or Palanan Rainforest Wilderness Area News

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    Isabela Watershed Priority Site For Sustainable Development

    A watershed in the forest-rich province of Isabela is one of the 29 priority sites in the implementation of the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in the country.

    Located within the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park, the watershed where the "Divilacan Agroforestry and Bamboo Plantation Project" will be implemented consists of several sub-watersheds located at the mid section and upper portion of Divilacan,Isabela, said Atty. Gil A. Aromin regional director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Region 2.

    The site has an aggregate area of 12,045 hectare ...

  • Isabela Province An Untouched Beauty Of Nature

    Isabela Province An Untouched Beauty Of Nature

    If you're constantly looking for new places to explore; if getting lost in a forest is your kind of adventure; if your idea of paradise is to bask in nature's beauty without a crowd of tourists behind you, then Isabela is the destination for you.

    The province sits atop picture-perfect Sierra Madre, the longest mountain range in this archipelago of 7, 507 islands. It has the second largest land area in the Philippines, bursting with lush forests, dreamy valleys and pristine beaches. Much of the province's rustic charm is also still there, devoid of unhealthy doses of commercialism and touri ...

  • Protection Of NSMNP Biodiversity Sought

    Protection Of NSMNP Biodiversity Sought

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has asked Isabelinos to safeguard the various flora and fauna species within the confines of the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park.

    Robert Rivera, chief of the protected area and park conservation section made the call during the 'Tipon-Tipan Sa PIA' this city, Tuesday.

    Forester Mina Labuguen, the park's operation supervisor reiterated that the northern Sierra Madre has been home to the many endangered, threatened and newly-discovered species which needed the best conservation and protection efforts by the government.

    Among t ...

  • Making Biodiversity Conservation A Breeze

    Every day a handful of forest-protection officers and about 100 volunteers take turnsw in manning their posts and conducting routine patrol in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP), a vast forest reserve and wildlife sanctuary in Isabela province.

    The Bantay Gubat personnel are always on the lookout for "unwelcomed guests" in the country's largest natural park.

    With just a handful of unarmed personnel fitted against illegal loggers and hunters, the task at hand is not a walk in the park.

    Equally daunting is the task of Bantay Gubat to record sightings of rare species of flora ...

  • LAWIN Protection System Soars To Conserve Forests And Watersheds

    In an effort to address threats to the country's natural forests and biodiversity, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has partnered with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in developing a technologically advanced protection system in ensuring the preservation of wildlife in protected areas.

    The LAWIN Forest and Biodiversity Protection System was officially launched in Iligan City, one of the local government units that overlap with the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park. The 360,000-hectare land is the largest and the most diverse protected ar ...

  • Ecotourism Eyed To Boost Conservation Program In Northern Sierra Madre Park

    Various stakeholders in the province of Isabela are eyeing to promote ecotourism to boost conservation effort in the Northern Sierra Madre Natural Park (NSMNP), the country's largest protected area.

    "We have started to train people in surrounding communities; training them to become tourist guides," Mina Labuguen, protected area superintendent of the NSMNP, told the BusinessMirror in an interview.

    Labuguen said the NSMNP, which covers a total area of close to 360,000 hectares, including buffer zones, has a very big potential as an ecotourism destination.

    Aside from its vast forest, id ...