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Individual study: Logging impacts in tropical lowland humid forest on tree species diversity and environmental conservation

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Adekunle V.A., Olagoke A.O. & Ogundare L.F. (2010) Logging impacts in tropical lowland humid forest on tree species diversity and environmental conservation. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, 29, 517-538


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Legal protection of forests Forest Conservation

A site comparison study in tropical moist forest in Nigeria (Adekunle, Olagoke & Ogundare 2010) found that legal protection of forest increased trees species richness and diversity. The number of tree species observed was 46 vs 24, the number of tree families observed was 21 vs 14, and trees diversity (Shannon index) was 3.16 vs 3.04 in a protected forest compared with a logged forest. Trees were sampled in eight 20×20 m plots in one protected forest (constituted as strict nature reserve by the forestry research institute of Nigeria) and one logged forest (where active logging activities are in progress).