Impact of Logging on Non-Logged Species in the Moist Forest Region of South Eastern Nigeria

Oluyemi Ayorinde Akintoye, Francis Ebuta Bisong, Pius Bekwuapu Utang, Elizabeth Andrew-Essien


The study examined the effects of logging intensities on the quality, stocking levels and damage to non-logged species. Data was collected using stock inventory methods (SIM) in the tropical rainforest of Ekukunela, Cross River State in South Eastern Nigeria. Four experimental plots of one hectares each were laid in the forested areas with different  logging  intensities (lightly logged, moderately logged, intensively logged) and a control plot which has not been logged (Primary forest).Only tree species up to 30 cm dbh and above were enumerated. The findings show that increasing logging rates directly reduced the quality and quantity of non-logged forest species in the sample plots. The highest number and best quality of species enumerated, were found in the unlogged tropical rainforest plot. Increased government and community participation in forest management, more effective training, better funding, and improved monitoring of logging practices were recommended,

Key words: Community forestry, Logging intensities, Stocking levels, Unlogged species, Tropical rainforest.


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