SAGUSA – Amazonian Forest

SAGUSA – Amazonian Forest

Location
This site is located in the SAGUSA S.A. Pando. This concession covers an area of 70,000 hectares and is located in the province of Nicolás Suárez in the department of Pando (09°49’59”S, 67°48’20”W).
Weather
EThe climate is humid tropical with an average annual rainfall of 2000 mm and an average temperature of 26 ° C. The dry season is 3 months and the warmest months are October and November.
Soils
The soils are classified as ferrasoles (oxisols), which are characterized by low fertility with a tendency to toxicity due to the high concentration of aluminum.
Foto por Kristen Evans

Photo by Kristen Evans

Vegetation
The forest has been classified as tropical humid forest. It is found in the ecoregion of the Amazon forest, which is characterized by a great diversity of tree species. There are about 190 species of trees with a diameter greater than 10 cm. The height of the trees reaches up to 40 m. The canopy of the forest is dominated by chestnut (Bertholletia excelsa), masaranduba (Manilkara bidentata), mara male (Cedrelinga catenaeformis) and mapajo (Ceiba pentandra). The most abundant species are Tetragastris altissima y Pseudolmedia laevis.
Forestry exploitation
The SAGUSA area was probably harnessed during rubber booms(Hevea brasiliensis) and palm(Euterpe predatoria), and during the 1990s for illegal timber extraction. Since 1997, the entire concession area has been under forest management. A cutting cycle of 20 years has been defined, with 85% of the area being considered a productive area. The annual use area is 2764 ha. The company considers that 21 arboreal species are commercial, of which only seven are harvested in significant volumes. The management of the company has received the certificate of good management according to the criteria of the Forest Stewardship Council in 2003.
The Field Station
At present there is no house but there are conditions to camp and perform the necessary work in the experimental plots. Access to the field station is permanent.
Map (coming soon)

 

Transport
Destination Distance Transport Timeo
Santa Cruz – Cobija 2000 km Air Transport (275 US$) 4 horas
(with a stop in La Paz)
Cobija – campamento IBIF 20 km Private transport 5 hours
Santa Cruz has an international airport (Viru Viru Internacional – VVI) with direct flights to various destinations in the Americas and with good connections to Europe.
Plants and animals
  • List of tree species (coming soon)
  • List of mammal species (coming soon)
  • List of bird species (coming soon)

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