Study

Effects of excluding goat herbivory on Acacia tortilis woodland around pastoralist settlements in northwest Kenya

  • Published source details Oba G. (1998) Effects of excluding goat herbivory on Acacia tortilis woodland around pastoralist settlements in northwest Kenya. Acta Oecologica, 19, 395-404

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Action Category

Use wire fences within grazing areas to exclude livestock from specific forest sections

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Forest Conservation
  1. Use wire fences within grazing areas to exclude livestock from specific forest sections

    A controlled study in 1986-1990 in tropical dry woodland in Kenya (Oba 1998) found that excluding goat grazing decreased the density of umbrella thorn Acacia tortilis trees but did not affect their height. The density of umbrella thorn trees was lower in the fenced than in the grazed transects (377 vs 512 trees/ha respectively), while their height was similar (2.2 and 2.5 m respectively). Umbrella thorn trees were monitored in 1990 in five wire fenced (fenced in July 1986 to exclude goats) and five grazed 200 x 20 m transects, in an area with a long history of goat and other livestock grazing.

     

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