Welverdiend-South African Wildlife College - South Africa

Basic Information
Site Name
Welverdiend-South African Wildlife College
Short name
W-SAWC
Country
South Africa
Site Description
A developing long-term research site, designed to determine the effects of harvesting of natural resources (particularly fuelwood) and domestic livestock on the biodiversity and ecosystem functioning of a savanna ecosystem.
Last modified
2020-06-29 10:06:08
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
Site Status
Operational
Year Established
2009
Purpose
The site makes use of two existing land uses, located in close proximity of one another, to investigate the effects of harvesting of natural resources on natural ecosystems. The one site is a heavily utilized communal rangeland, with a high stocking rate of cattle and widespread cutting of trees for fuelwood. The sister site is a natural area within the greater Kruger National Park, and includes a fenced area protected from all large herbivores.
History
The site was established by the SAEON through negotiating access to both sites. The initial project, which started in 2009, involves regular measurement of the species and size of tree stems cut for fuelwood.
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Geographic
Size
3500.00ha
Elevation (average)
480.00msl
Elevation (min)
450.00msl
Elevation (max)
510.00msl
Affiliation and Network Specific Information
Affiliation
ILTERThis site is a verified "ILTER" member.
SAEON (LTER-SAF-ZA-13)This site is a verified "SAEON" member.
GERIThis site is a verified "GERI" member.
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