Implementing multiple forest management in Brazil nut-rich community forests: Effects of logging on natural regeneration and forest disturbance

Publication year: 2011
Source: Forest Ecology and Management, In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 14 June 2011

Marlene, Soriano , Karen A., Kainer , Christina L., Staudhammer , Eduardo, Soriano

The encroachment of the logging frontier into Western Amazonia, where non-timber extraction has historically driven regional economies, provides an opportunity to explore the practice of multiple-use forest management. Families are now harvesting timber in their Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa)-rich community-titled forests, and we examined effects of formal and informal logging (with and without government-approved management plans, respectively) on forest disturbance and natural regeneration (individuals ⩽10cmdbh) of B. excelsa and 10 timber species in Northern Bolivia. B. excelsa regeneration densities 2–5years after timber harvests did not differ between unlogged or logged (formally nor informally) sites; densities were, however, greater in larger…

 Highlights: ► No effects of formal or informal logging on Brazil nut regeneration densities. ► Greater densities of Brazil nut and timber species in larger logging disturbances. ► Formal (versus informal) logging caused greater forest disturbance. ► Combined Brazil nut and timber harvests are compatible at low logging intensities. ► Bolivian forestry law requirements need reconciliation with community conditions.