Bulusan Volcano

November 15, 2010

Bulusan Volcano National Park is a 3,673 hectares rain forest surrounding Mt. Bulusan. It has been designated a National Park in 1935 as a wildlife sanctuary reserve. The area possesses the volcano itself, the Bulusan Lake, the 2 other mountains identified as the Sharp Peak and Hormahan and Lake Aguingay . The Park is set at the South central part of Sorsogon Province Southern Luzon, Bicol Region, Philippines, bounded by 5 municipalities such as Bulusan, Barcelona, Irosin, Juban & Casiguran.

There are three main peaks within the park, the active Bulusan Volcano, the highest of the three, which is characterized by numerous deep ravines & caves, & Sharp Peak and the mountain called Hormahan. The center of the mountain complex forms a big plain that is at times flooded area known as the Lake Aguingay, which dries up during summer. Another lake in the Park, Lake Bulusan. A substantial field of forest remains in the park, including both forest around the peak, & lowland forest on the slopes. Other habitats include secondary grassland, freshwater lakes and pools, small settlements and rural gardens, abandoned farmland and disturbed ground. The park supports the needs of the nearby communities through its forest products, watershed & recreational values. Local communities utilize the lower slopes as agricultural land. It is the source of water for several communities & for the irrigation of impending agricultural land, and it provides natural protection from calamities such as typhoons and flash floods. Some animals are also found in the area, such as the Philippine baboon, hawks, monitor lizards, various endemic frogs, snakes & other reptiles. Deers are also spotted in the area in the late 80′s, although there are no evidences of their existence in the park nowadays.

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