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Recovery of above-ground tree biomass after moderate selective logging in a central Amazonian forest

Tatsuya Otani (1)   , Adriano JN Lima (2), Rempei Suwa (3), Marcio RM Amaral (2), Shinta Ohashi (4), Alberto CM Pinto (5), Joaquim Dos Santos (2), Takuya Kajimoto (4), Niro Higuchi (2), Moriyoshi Ishizuka (4)

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 11, Issue 3, Pages 352-359 (2018)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor2534-011
Published: May 04, 2018 - Copyright © 2018 SISEF

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We examined the recovery and dynamics of living tree above-ground biomass (AGB) after selective logging in an Amazonian terra firme forest managed by a private company. The forest consisted of 24 blocks (including one set aside for conservation) selectively logged in different years on a managed schedule. Trees ≥10 cm in diameter at breast height (dbh) were surveyed in 2006 in 192 0.25-ha plots, in 2010 in 119 plots, and in 2012-2013 in 54 plots. A logistic growth model factoring in logging dynamics and mean AGB of a block in these years was established. Referencing the mean AGB of the unlogged forest, the model indicated that the logged forest would take on average 14 years to regain its preharvest AGB after selective logging at 1.9 trees ha-1 (dbh > 50 cm). In 2010 and 2012-2013, the AGB increased significantly for small and large trees (10-20 cm and >60 cm dbh, respectively) in the logged forest. In contrast, it decreased significantly for medium-sized trees (30-50 cm dbh) in the unlogged forest. Comparisons with the previous studies mainly conducted in the other regions of Amazon suggested that the estimated AGB recovery period with moderate logging intensity was almost appropriate and likely acceptable to forest managers.


Annual Increment, Dynamics, Logistic Growth, Recovery Period, Terra Firme Forest

Authors’ address

Tatsuya Otani
Shikoku Research Center, Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute (FFPRI), Kochi (Japan)
Adriano JN Lima
Marcio RM Amaral
Joaquim Dos Santos
Niro Higuchi
National Institute of Amazonian Research, Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil)
Rempei Suwa
Kansai Research Center, FFPRI, Kyoto (Japan)
Shinta Ohashi
Takuya Kajimoto
Moriyoshi Ishizuka
FFPRI, Tsukuba, Ibaraki (Japan)
Alberto CM Pinto
Federal University of Amazonas, Manaus, Amazonas (Brazil)

Corresponding author

Tatsuya Otani


Otani T, Lima AJN, Suwa R, Amaral MRM, Ohashi S, Pinto ACM, Dos Santos J, Kajimoto T, Higuchi N, Ishizuka M (2018). Recovery of above-ground tree biomass after moderate selective logging in a central Amazonian forest. iForest 11: 352-359. - doi: 10.3832/ifor2534-011

Academic Editor

Rodolfo Picchio

Paper history

Received: Jun 25, 2017
Accepted: Feb 08, 2018

First online: May 04, 2018
Publication Date: Jun 30, 2018
Publication Time: 2.83 months

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