PDEI/KONGTIM 1

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RIVER/STREAM: UMREW (unconfirmed, may have different local name)
LENGTH: 33.8 m
WIDTH AT CP: 1.1 m
HEIGHT AT CP: 7.8 m
GPS: N25.34547 E91.81026
ALTITUDE: 726 m
SR: 4
NOTES: A very long and visually spectacular root bridge. The roots are mostly fairly thin. Thicker roots continue about one fifth of the way along the span from the southern edge of the bridge, and then abruptly stop. The span then continues from that point on with thinner roots, indicating that the bridge may have failed at one point in the past and then was reconnected. Many other root bridges are said to have existed along the same stretch of river, but have all been washed out as flood conditions have gotten worse in recent years. To my knowledge, this is the only survivor in the nearby area. Determined attempts are being made from Kongthong village to maintain and protect the bridge for tourism and heritage purposes. However, the bridge continues to be badly damaged by latex extraction. Significant and recent damage was observed in March 2016. Most of the jungle nearby is being cleared. The photo shows maintenance being done in early March 2015 by Kongthong and Pdei villagers.
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Pdei/Kongtim 1, in MArch 2015. A special thanks is in order to Rothell Kongsit, from Kongthong Village, who led me here.

SOHKHMI 1

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RIVER/STREAM: UNKNOWN
LENGTH: 11.2 m
WIDTH AT CP: 1.5 m
HEIGHT AT CP: 5.4 m
GPS: N25.25058 E91.78358
ALTITUDE: 418 m
SR: 6
NOTES: A recent living root bridge. Many of the roots are very thin, though they are numerous. There is clear evidence that the bridge itself is being very actively maintained. The tree, however, is badly scarred by latex extraction.
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SOHKMI 2

RIVER/STREAM: UNKNOWN
GPS: N/A
ALTITUDE: N/A
NOTES: A root bridge described by several sources as “very long” existed somewhere to the north of Sohkmi village up until 2010. Government funds were received to improve infrastructure, so the root bridge was cut down and replaced with a conventional structure. It’s unclear if the root bridge had been in poor condition.
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RYMMAI 1

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RIVER/STREAM: WAH UMLWAI
LENGTH: 18.5 m
WIDTH AT CP: .7 m
HEIGHT AT CP: 3.5 m
GPS: N25.29749 E91.77993
ALTITUDE: 483 m
SR: 1
NOTES: A fragment of a much larger structure that has partially disappeared which crosses a branch of Wah Umlwai to a river island. The structure once continued from the river island to the opposite bank, but the other portion has fallen. The other portion would have been around twice as long as the remaining section. The remnant primarily consists of two very thick roots, indicating an old structure. The roots are still used occasionally as a bridge. Both are in poor condition, one having partially collapsed. Steps have been created in the side of the bridge by gouging footholds out of the sides of several secondary roots.
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DARRANG 1

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RIVER/STREAM: WAH SHENG PNAR
LENGTH: 10.4 m
WIDTH AT CP: 1.7 m
HEIGHT AT CP: 3.2 m
GPS: N25.20516 E92.01889
ALTITUDE: 57 m
SR: 3
NOTES: A small root bridge near Darrang village. The path it serviced has been effectively bypassed by a newly constructed road, and has faded in several spots. Several sections of the bridge have been washed out in floods, and there is significant damage.
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UMBLAI 1

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RIVER/STREAM: PHUD UMBLAI
GPS: N25.28699 E91.64449
ALTITUDE: 461 m
NOTES: A very large root bridge existed in this location until recently. It was said to have been destroyed in a landslide. Pictured above is a remnant of the span. The replacement bridge, as visible in background of the photo, is 30 m long. The root bridge would have been slightly longer, though also a few meters lower.
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MAWSHKEN 1

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RIVER/STREAM: WAH MDON
LENGTH: 16.9 m
WIDTH AT CP: 1.3 m
HEIGHT AT CP: 3.3 m
GPS: N25.28552 E91.77377
ALTITUDE: 739 m
SR: 6
NOTES: This bridge has an unusual, sloping configuration. The tree is leaning out over a cliff. Roots have been trained onto the side of another rock face to keep it from falling off, meaning that the tree is modified in several places that are not part of the bridge. The root bridge remains structurally sound. A 6 SR is given because 1: It shows signs of recent moderate latex extraction cutting and some limited damage due to flooding, and 2: Most of the nearby jungle has been burnt down in shifting cultivation fires. The jungle pictured above is a remnant. Fires were actively burning within a few minutes’ walk. Fire damage and landslide damage are likely in the near future.
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KUDENG RIM 7: LIVING ROOT BLEACHERS

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GPS: N25.23249 E92.03016
ALTITUDE: 640 m
NOTES: Here, a living root platform has been made from a ficus elastica tree next to the Kudeng Rim Village football field. According to sources in Kudeng Rim, the platform came about via a slow and unplanned process in which local children, who would climb the tree to relax and watch football, started winding aerial roots together until the roots bound with one another and formed a functional platform. Over time, as the platform increased in size and strength, more people could both use it, and continue expanding it. They continue to do so to this day. The tree shows considerable latex extraction damage.
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NONGPRIANG 3

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RIVER/STREAM: WAH UMSHET
LENGTH: 10 m
WIDTH AT CP: .8 m
HEIGHT AT CP: 2.9 m
GPS: N25.27781 E91.74971
ALTITUDE: 495 m
SR: 3
NOTES:
An old living root bridge with thick roots. The river it was grown over changed course about 20 years ago due to a landslide. Now the bridge is only over water when there are flood conditions. The bridge is still structurally sound, but both the span and the tree are badly damaged by severe latex extraction cutting, which was observed to have markedly increased from 2015 to 2016. The Tree does not appear healthy. Village interest in maintenance is limited, as the bridge is usually not necessary to cross the now dry stream bed.
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