A 17 Year Successional Enrichment Plantation of Tree Recruitment and Restoration in an African Tropical Forest
Key message: The Enrichment Plantation of Akure Forest Reserve is one of the forests currently experiencing a 17-year-long post-disturbance following deforestation and fragmentation in Nigeria. Context: To better understand the contribution of enrichment planting on forest regeneration and restoration, when the Enrichment Plantation after 17 years of post-disturbance was examined. Aims: We studied the recruitment drive of aboveground and undergrowth stands of an Enrichment Plantation in the
... ical forest reserve. We assess the trees diversity, species compositions, species richness, and growth forms of the vegetations. Methods: A total of 3(50m x50m) plots were sampled. A total of 47 aboveground tree species and 45 undergrowth stands from Enrichment Plantation were identified. A statistical analysis were used to quantified the data obtained from this resultsResults: The result shows an increase in the diversity and an even distribution of the species of the aboveground forest trees, compared to the undergrowth stands. Conversely, the aboveground forest trees have lower species richness as compared to the level of undergrowth stands. The sapling density was significantly higher than the aboveground tree of the. It was also observed that the aboveground forest trees and undergrowth stands are somewhat similar in species compositions, which implies that sapling recruitment is a key determinant of the tree species composition of the forest.Conclusion: It is then concluded that the method adopted for restoration encouraged species diversity in this successional forest among the aboveground trees species and undergrowth.