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Peru

  • 2011 - 2011
  • Oxapampa, Pasco
Peru

During a 6 week trip, Abel Monteagudo (Missouri Botanical Garden, Peru - RAINFOR), led a team of six Peruvians: Víctor Chama Moscoso, Nadir Pallqui Camacho, Amador Pfuro Tapia, Edith Briceño Huayta and Antonio Pena Cruz (it’s important to highlight that many of these researchers are actively involved in numerous RAINFOR campaigns, thus ensuring the strengthening of training on establishment methodologies and remeasurements of permanent plots). This team proceeded to remeasure 7 plots in the central jungle of Peru, through an altitudinal gradient. First they visited, from Oxapampa-Pasco at 1800masl, the lowlands of the National Park of Yanachaga Chemillén, in the vicinity of the Biological Station of Paujil. It was necessary to set-up camp in the Venado ravine, for accessibility, and they then remeasured 5 RAINFOR plots between altitudes of 400-900masl. The team subsequently returned to Oxapampa for a brief rest and to prepare for the next remeasurement of the Yanachaga plot, located at 3200masl, the highest in the central jungle of Peru. Camp was set-up near the plot and after another break the team was prepared for the last fieldtrip to remeasure the plot Oso-Playa at 2400masl and the farthest, located north of the National Park. Once the camp was set-up, the team had to walk for almost two hours through a very rugged trail to get to the plot and the same time to then return back to camp. After several days at the study site, the team was able to complete the remeasurement. Subsequent to fieldwork, during the month of November, the team completed drying the botanical specimens collected from the recruits and left at the Herbarium (HOXA). The data will soon be publically available in the ForestPlots.net database. (Images: Abel Monteagudo)

View from Yanachanga RAINFOR team at Rio Izcozacin, Palcazu, Oxapampa