Amazon Forest Inventory Network

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Brazil: Acre

  • May - June 2009
Brazil: Acre

Ted Feldpausch and Beto Quesada led a two month field expedition in Acre, Brazil together with RAINFOR-Moore collaborators Marcos Silveira, Jorcely Barroso, Erick Mendoza and Edilson Consuelo to recensus forest plots established in 1995. The research was carried out in the Alto Jurua region in the remote Brazilian-Peruvian frontier and in the Chico Mendes Extractive Reserve on the border with Bolivia. The first phase conducted by Ted, Jorcely, Edilson and two students from the Federal Univ of Acre-Cruzeiro do Sul campus (UFAC), required travel by canoe for many days to gain access to forest plots last visited in 1995 and 2003. The second phase by Ted, Beto, Erick, Edilson and two students from the UFAC-Rio Branco campus in the RESEX Chico Mendes included the first intensive soil sampling under the RAINFOR-Moore project by Beto to establish baseline soil stocks for the Amazon Basin. Soil sampling included 50 2 metre deep soil profiles per plot; this soil work will be replicated across the basin. These plots represent a unique forest composition, bamboo-dominated forest, for the RAINFOR network.

RAINFOR team: Acre Fieldwork,  Acre 2009