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Peru: Madre de Dios

  • August - September 2011
Peru: Madre de Dios

The recent RAINFOR permanent plots remeasurement campaign took place between the months of August and September 2011. For about seven weeks a team formed by Abel Monteagudo, Victor Chama, Nadir Pallqui, Amador Pfuro, Ítalo Treviño, Yuri Huillca and Antonio Peña, firstly travelled from the city of Puerto Maldonado, via the Tambopata River, settling in the Explorer's Inn, in the Tambopata National Reserve. They proceeded to remeasure 8 permanent plots in different forest types, and besides recording diameter measurements they also recorded, for each living individual, additional information relating to the position of crown and liana infestation. The new permanent plot TAM-09 installed in 2010 was remeasured, and parallel to this the team also identified botanical specimens in the field, with the aid of binoculars, and proceeded to collect some samples for later identification. Close to the new plot is the recently completed Tower (43m high) which had lots of new equipment for measuring and monitoring gas fluxes, etc. Culminating this first part the team returned to the city of Puerto Maldonado for a short break. The team, now without Victor and Nadir, travelled by boat up the Madre de Dios River for about two hours to the casa ITA of the Inkaterra Ecological Reserve to remeasure 4 plots of 500m in length by 20 metres wide. In little more than a week the task was completed. In summary, the 12 permanent plots in the region of Madre de Dios were satisfactorily completed, including the collection of recruits which could not be identified in terms of species in the field. These collections are being dried for later identification, assembly and deposit in the herbarium of HOXA in the province of Oxapampa, in the Central Jungle of Peru and the Herbarium CUZ of the Universidad Nacional de San Antonio Abad del Cusco. (Images, Abel Monteagudo).

Preparing botanical samples, Tambopata Multiple tree mortalities Team Measuring big trees in Pantano plot, Tambopata