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The impacts of local community use of Mount Elgon Forest in Uganda Public Deposited

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  • Understanding the impacts with uncontrolled exploitation of forest resources is crucial for the proper management of Mt. Elgon forest reserve. The types and frequency of tree cutting; their spatial variation with distance from the Mt. Elgon National Park boundary; their distribution among girth classes and species were determined from 15 random transects and 60 systematically placed square plots (20 m x 20 m) located along the access trail into the forest. Each random transect involved 4 plots located to the side of the access trail at unequal intervals of 0.0 km, 0.1 km, 0.3 km and 0.5 km. The study revealed the presence of tree damage related to the types and frequency of tree cutting, distance from the park boundary, girth classes and species. Although the study indicated the presence of impacts, they are not serious impacts at the current time. Small trees of the species such as Dombeya goetzenii were cut more frequently than the big trees, while big trees of the species Aningeria adolifriedericii and Podocarpus glacilar were cut more frequently than the small ones. Plotting the % distribution of tree cutting against the increasing distance along the trail supported the influence of location and accessibility to harvesting patterns, though there were some intermediate peaks which are better explained by factors such as topography and plant distributions.
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