Welverdiend-South African Wildlife College - South Africa
Welverdiend-South African Wildlife College
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.
General Characteristics, Purpose, History
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.
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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