Enhanced tree recruitment following logging in two forest reserves in Ghana

Michael D. Swaine, Victor K. Agyeman

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Abstract

We tested if logging enhances the recruitment of tree species by comparing young tree density in areas disturbed by logging with areas unaffected by logging 6 mo after logging in two Forest Reserves in Ghana. Analysis of 46 commercial timber species showed significantly higher postlogging recruitment in felling gaps and skid trails than in areas unaffected by logging. New seedlings substantially exceeded those lost due to logging operations. Species richness was significantly greater in areas disturbed by logging.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-374
Number of pages5
JournalBiotropica
Volume40
Issue number3
Early online date7 Jan 2008
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2008

Keywords

  • selection system
  • species richness
  • timber species
  • tree seedlings
  • tropical forest
  • Bolivian tropical forest
  • rain-forest
  • site conditions
  • regeneration
  • Malaysia
  • gaps
  • pioneer
  • Sabah
  • disturbance
  • seedlings

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