Tropical Plant Research

Tropical Plant Research

An International Journal by Society for Tropical Plant Research

ISSN (E): 2349-1183 ISSN (P): 2349-9265
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2019, VOLUME 6 ISSUE 3Pages: 521-523

Comparative study of growing stock of Melghat forests under different silvicultural prescriptions

Saipun Shaikh*, Lalji Singh and Amit Kalaskar
*Maharashtra Forest Department, Maharashtra, India
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Abstract:
The present study attempts to compare growing stock (GS) which is terminology used to represent standing trees stock, in different Silvicultural Prescriptions. The objectives include statistical comparison of different working plan treatments and impact of management practices on growth pattern of forests. As per the quality of stock, management practices are prescribed in forest working plans. The methodology involves using inventorisation data of Forest Resource Surveys which uses systematic line plot technique. A comparative study revealed that there is good tree growth in modified clear felling system and higher growing stock in Selection cum C Improvement (SCI) system, as compared to Improvement Working Circle (IWC). The Improvement Working Circle IWC being irregular in growth, lacks fit girth class for commercial removal felling, hence comparatively least yield is obtained. The Protection Working Circle, as well as Wildlife areas, are almost devoid of growth increment. Statistical analysis through Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) revealed that there is significant difference between the working circle treatment as well as species composition in Growing Stock. Forest Resource Surveys are considerably good source of data in long gestation forestry enterprises. It was concluded that the modified clear felling and selection system has comparatively good growing stock as compared to other treatments.
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