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Forests 2017, 8(9), 338; doi:10.3390/f8090338

Updating Bark Proportions for the Estimation of Tropical Timber Volumes by Indigenous Community-Based Forest Enterprises in Quintana Roo, Mexico

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Laboratorio Nacional de Ciencias de la Sostenibilidad, Instituto de Ecología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City CP 04510, Mexico
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Instituto de Silvicultura e Industria de la Madera, Universidad Juárez del Estado de Durango, Km. 5.5 Carretera Mazatlán, Durango CP 34120, Mexico
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U’ Yool’ Che A.C., Calle 69, Centro, Felipe Carrillo Puerto CP 77220, Mexico
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Consultant to the Commission for Environmental Cooperation, 393 St-Jacques Street West, Suite 200, Montreal, QC H2Y 1N9, Canada
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Received: 30 June 2017 / Revised: 4 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 September 2017 / Published: 10 September 2017
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Abstract

Sustainable management of tropical forests is essential for conserving the ecosystem services they provide and protecting the livelihoods of the millions of people who depend on these forests. Community-based forest management in Quintana Roo, Mexico, has shown that conserving forests while generating economic benefits is achievable in the tropics. However, this management is carried out with technical gaps that jeopardize sustainable use of these resources. Crucial among these gaps is a lack of equations for precise calculations of logged timber volumes. Current equations employ a proportion of bark volume (PBV) of 0.14 for mahogany and a flat 0.10 for species with dense woods, despite their wide variation in bark thickness. Here, using Meyer’s method, we calculated species-specific PBVs for the most commercially-important species in the Felipe Carrillo Puerto community-based logging operation. For most species, the new PBVs were smaller, indicating that wood volumes are currently underestimated. However, for two species, PBVs were higher. New values could influence the profits of the local enterprise and on the management of some of the most commercially-important species of Mexico’s tropical forests through changes in the numbers of individuals felled. View Full-Text
Keywords: bark factor; bark thickness; community-based forest management; bark volume; big-leaf mahogany; Mayan forest; tropical timber bark factor; bark thickness; community-based forest management; bark volume; big-leaf mahogany; Mayan forest; tropical timber
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Rosell, J.A.; Wehenkel, C.; Pérez-Martínez, A.; Arreola Palacios, J.A.; García-Jácome, S.P.; Olguín, M. Updating Bark Proportions for the Estimation of Tropical Timber Volumes by Indigenous Community-Based Forest Enterprises in Quintana Roo, Mexico. Forests 2017, 8, 338.

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