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Forests 2017, 8(11), 425; doi:10.3390/f8110425

The Effect of Logging and Strip Cutting on Forest Floor Light Condition and Following Change

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Graduate school of Agriculture, Kyoto University, Kyoto 606-8501, Japan
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Faculty of Forestry, Gadjah Mada University, Bulaksumur, Yogyakarta 55281, Indonesia
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Received: 3 September 2017 / Revised: 21 October 2017 / Accepted: 31 October 2017 / Published: 7 November 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Forest Operations, Engineering and Management)
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We monitored changes in light conditions at a primary forest and two managed forest sites (one with line planting) after reduced-impact logging in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia. We also assessed the effect of the light conditions on seedlings in the planting lines. Hemispherical photographs were taken over a period of 31 months in three 50 × 50-m quadrats at each site and in three 100-m transects along the planting lines. The location of each photo was categorized according to the corresponding type of disturbance, including skid trails, logging gaps, and planting lines. Following logging, the level of canopy openness (CO) increased at both managed forest sites and did not differ significantly between the two. However, CO was greater in skid trails and logging gaps than in planting lines. After 31 months, the mean level of CO at each managed site had decreased significantly due to the establishment of new seedlings. Correlations between changes in CO and the growth of planted seedlings suggested that growth was inhibited by the invasion of the new species. However, the level of CO along the planting lines was greater than that at other disturbed locations. A high level of CO promoted invasion by new species that colonized the space. Line planting may influence forest dynamics and maintain a high level of CO. View Full-Text
Keywords: hemispherical photography; RIL; line planting; light condition; lowland dipterocarp forest hemispherical photography; RIL; line planting; light condition; lowland dipterocarp forest
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Inada, T.; Kitajima, K.; Hardiwinoto, S.; Kanzaki, M. The Effect of Logging and Strip Cutting on Forest Floor Light Condition and Following Change. Forests 2017, 8, 425.

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