Amazon Forest Inventory Network

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  • 2012 - 2012

With the support of RAINFOR, a total of 26 permanent plots distributed in several areas were remeasured during a period of 4 weeks from 06 February to 4 March 2012. This group of plots has been maintained in its early life in the 70s by Pierre Jean Veillon and subsequently by the Biodiversity Research Group and Sustainable Development (BIODESUS) of the Universidad de Los Andes, currently under the coordination of Dr. Hirma Ramírez Angulo. First, a team comprised of Dr. Oliver Phillips (Leeds - UK), Victor Chama (Peru), Nadir Pallqui (Peru), Emilio Vilanova (Venezuela) and Pedro Salcedo (Venezuela) worked for 4 days to remeasure and place tags at 6 plots established in 1991, at the Reserva Forestal Caparo in the western plains of the country. Then, after the departure of Dr. Phillips, the same team, this time with Julio Serrano (Venezuela), worked for a week at 6 plots established between 1961 and 1968, in the cloud forests of San Eusebio in the Venezuelan Andes. Between the 20th and 24th of February, we remeasured 6 plots in another part of the western plains, a seasonal forest known as “El Caimital”, in the state of Barinas, which were established in 1963. After a long journey to the southern state of Bolivar, Victor, Nadir, Pedro and Emilio updated the measurements at two plots in the northern sector of the Imataca Forest Reserve (Rio Grande) and 4 plots to the south in El Dorado; all plots established in 1970 and 1971. Finally, the same group moved to the dry forests in the north of the country to remeasure 2 plots in the area known as “Clarines”. The field team wishes to thank everyone who contributed and collaborated to their work especially Prof. Hirma Ramírez and María Araujo and all the field staff: Chucho (Caparo); Ignacio (San Eusebio); Abel (Caimital); Miguel (Río Grande); Rafael (El Dorado); Efraín (Clarines).

Team at Caparo, Venezuela