|Planting of bamboo trees by head of forestry department, Tatag Muttaqin, S. Hut, M.Sc|
As a form of application of science to the surrounding community, Faculty of Agriculture Sciences and Animal Husbandry (FPP) University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) participated in preserving the springs area.
Through bamboo planting around the spring water of Kucur Village, Dau District of Malang Regency, the Forestry Program of UMM helped to keep the last spring in the area.
"We can say that the water is needed in almost all human activities because many areas have been converted into settlements, therefore, we are trying to keep the springs," said Agus Firmansyah, Head of Student Association of Forestry Department (HMJ).
Furthermore, Agus conveyed this activity is a concrete manifestation of UMM Forestry Prodi's contribution to environmental sustainability.
Bamboo plants which are considered capable of storing large amounts of water even in the dry season is expected to maintain the availability and flow of water in this spring.
"Because bamboo can save a lot of water, so we hope that the more bamboo the spring water availability can be maintained and even increase," added Agus.
Head of Forestry Studies Program, Tatag Muttaqin, S. Hut, M.Sc, said that this activity is a tri dharma form of higher education related to dedication and research.
"Together with the local community, we are lecturers and students working together to protect the environment especially around the spring water of Kucur Village," he said.
In the future, similar activities are scheduled to continue. In addition to having a positive impact on the environment and society, students also can feel how to practice directly in the field.
"Compared to theory, experience in the field will be felt more by the students because in the end, all the science will be practiced in life," lid Tatag. (ard)