Understanding and Managing Secondary Tropical Forests

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Understanding and Managing Secondary Tropical Forests



About 65% of tropical forest has been disturbed in some way, and many millions of people are dependant on them for food security and other goods and services.

Former DPI Forestry NQ permanent plot network is a substantial resource to provide information about how to manage use and restoration of tropical forests in SE Asia

  • Many hundereds of permanent plots, 35 plots date from 1952 or earlier
  • Most extensive and oldest permanent plot network in the world – and of international significance
  • Experiment 408 (established in 1967) is the most extensive low impact logging experiment ever conducted, we are seeking listing within the Smithsonian SIGEO network of large plots (would be first in Australia)
  • Huge potential to investigate forest dynamics, logging impacts, secondary forest management
  • Strategy to continue work on NQ plots and to seek strategic alliances to apply this work elsewhere

Location: Kuranda satinash (Syzygium Kuranda) in a regenerating logged rainforest in NQ.


Professor John Herbohn 
Director, Tropical Forests and People Research Centre
Email: jherbohn@usc.edu.au

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