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Ciência Florestal

Print version ISSN 0103-9954On-line version ISSN 1980-5098

Abstract

SOUZA, Deivison Venicio et al. GROWTH RATE OF TREE SPECIES IN A TERRA FIRME NATURAL FOREST AFTER LOGGING AND SILVICULTURAL TREATMENTS, IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF PARAGOMINAS, PARÁ, BRAZIL. Ciênc. Florest. [online]. 2015, vol.25, n.4, pp.873-883. ISSN 0103-9954.  http://dx.doi.org/10.5902/1980509820585.

This paper deals with the effects of silvicultural treatments on growth rates of a terra firme natural forest after reduced impact logging (RIL). The study was carried out in the Rio Capim Forest Management Unit, which belongs to Cikel Brasil Verde Madeiras Ltda., located in the municipality of Paragominas, PA. The experimental area comprised 500 ha, where five treatments (100 ha each) each with four replications (25 ha each) were established. The replications were randomly distributed in the 500 ha sample area. The following treatments were applied: T1 - RIL + classical liberation thinning (girdling of competing trees) and climber cutting; T2 - RIL + modified liberation thinning (girdling of competing trees) and climber cutting; T3 - RIL + climber cutting; T6 - only RIL; T7 - unlogged forest (control). In the four years of monitoring forest, after logging and silvicultural treatments, T2 and T3 had the highest diameter growth rates. But the four-year period is not enough to suggest the best treatment, based on diameter growth rate, in response to girdling trees and climber cutting. At species level, growth rate varied between treatments and within treatments. In general, the lower diameter growth rates were observed in the unlogged forest.

Keywords : diameter increment; post-harvesting silviculture; tree girdling; climber cutting.

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