Effects of selective logging on tree species composition, richness and diversity in a hilldipterocarp forest in malaysia

I. Saiful, A. Latiff

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    Abstract

    A systematic sampling along a gradient-directed transect was conductedin a primary hill dipterocarp rainforest in Peninsular Malaysia to study the effects of selective logging on treespecies composition, richness and diversity. The area was surveyed for more than one year before it was logged.Six months to one year after logging, resurveying of the same plots was done. The extraction of 27 trees perhectare affected all diameter classes. Of the 47.0% of total injury, 40.1% of stems were totally destroyed anddead. Species richness and diversity showed significant variation from the original levels. A percentage of24.1% of the total tree species were recorded lost from the study site in the first cut that encompassed only raretree species and commercial timber trees. About 50% of the residual species were under very rare categorywith single stem. Logging also altered the species composition and species accumulation curve of all tree sizeclasses. To arrest the loss of biodiversity, this study strongly suggests integration of biodiversity survey withthe existing management system as well as careful planning and execution of improved logging practices.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)188-202
    Number of pages15
    JournalJournal of Tropical Forest Science
    Volume26
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

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    selective logging
    Malaysia
    logging
    species diversity
    biodiversity
    Dipterocarpaceae
    stems
    stem
    forest trees
    management systems
    rain forests
    planning system
    planning
    rainforest
    timber
    transect
    species richness
    effect
    sampling

    Keywords

    • Before and after logging
    • Endemic
    • Fisher's alpha diversity index
    • Rare
    • Shannon index
    • Sorensen's similarityindex

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    • Forestry

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    Effects of selective logging on tree species composition, richness and diversity in a hilldipterocarp forest in malaysia. / Saiful, I.; Latiff, A.

    In: Journal of Tropical Forest Science, Vol. 26, No. 2, 2014, p. 188-202.

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