Tree diversity assessment and economic valuation of three Virgin Jungle Reserves in Peninsular Malaysia

A. Hikmat, I. Faridah-Hanum, A. Latiff

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    A study on tree diversity and economic valuation was carried out in three Virgin Jungle Reserves (VJRs) representing different geographical zones in Peninsular Malaysia, namely Mata Ayer VJR in the state of Perlis, Bukit Bauk VJR in the state of Terengganu and Gunung Pulai VJR in the state of Johor. Tree species diversity was high in all three VJRs, as shown by Shannon-Wiener index of species diversity (H') and Evenness (E) where Mata Ayer VJR was 3.98 and 0.81, Bukit Bauk VJR was 4.21 and 0.77, and Gunung Pulai VJR was 4.52 and 0.82, respectively. The lower species diversity in Mata Ayer VJR was supported by the Coefficient of Similarity in tree species composition. Mata Ayer VJR varied considerably from Bukit Bauk and Gunung Pulai VJRs by having many tree species with strong Thai-Burmese affinities. The highest stumpage value was given by Bukit Bauk VJR at RM 81,158.00/ha. This was followed by Mata Ayer VJR at RM 39,395.00/ha and Gunung Pulai VJR at RM 24,532.00/ha. The dipterocarp species always contributed the larger percentage of the stumpage value in all sites. High species diversity did not necessarily mean a high stumpage value. The elements of bole size, number of stems, type of species present and gregariousness of certain commercial species were shown to influence the economic value as shown by stumpage value.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)51-65
    Number of pages15
    JournalMalaysian Forester
    Volume71
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008

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    Keywords

    • Economic valuation
    • Peninsular Malaysia
    • Stumpage value
    • Tree species
    • Virgin jungle reserve

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    • Forestry

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    Tree diversity assessment and economic valuation of three Virgin Jungle Reserves in Peninsular Malaysia. / Hikmat, A.; Faridah-Hanum, I.; Latiff, A.

    In: Malaysian Forester, Vol. 71, No. 1, 01.2008, p. 51-65.

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    Hikmat, A. ; Faridah-Hanum, I. ; Latiff, A. / Tree diversity assessment and economic valuation of three Virgin Jungle Reserves in Peninsular Malaysia. In: Malaysian Forester. 2008 ; Vol. 71, No. 1. pp. 51-65.
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