Amazon Forest Inventory Network

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Brazil: Acre

  • July - August 2003
Brazil: Acre

With Marcos Silviera, Edilson Consuelo, and Irio Ribeiro (Universidade de Acre), a team constisting of Tim Baker (University of Leeds and Max Planck Institute of Bogeochemsitry), Sandra Patino and Michael Schwarz (Max Planck Institute of Biogeochmeistry), Beto Quesada and Alexandre Santos (Universidade de Brasilia) and Romilda Quintino Paiva (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas da Amazônia) recensused and took foliar and soil nutrient samples at six sites in Acre. First, the team visited four sites in southern Acre, one of which contained bamboo dominated forest - an important forest type in this part of Amazonia. However, this was just the prelude to an epic adventure by canoe in northern Acre, travelling up the headwaters of the Rio Jurua, to visit a plot near Restauracao, close to the Peruvian border. With the river at dangerously low levels, the canoes often had to be hauled off the sandbanks and over the rocks. Everyone ended up in the river at some point, often helped in by the rest of the team. Before the long trip back to Cruzeiro do Sul, the team sampled a plot close to the town Thamaturgo, on the banks of the Rio Jurua. The data collected from this trip will help to bridge an important geographical gap in the RAINFOR network between longstanding plots in northern and southern Peru.