The CTFS and the Standardization of Methodology
The Center for Tropical Forest Science was opened in 1990 at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Its primary purpose was to establish a series of longterm, large-scale forest census plots throughout the tropics. At that time, there were three such plots in existence—at Barro Colorado Island in Panama, Pasoh Forest Reserve in Malaysia, and the Mudumalai Game Reserve in India. Three more were underway, at the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Thailand, Lambir National Park in Sarawak, Malaysia, and the Luquillo Forest in Puerto Rico. The latter is 16 hectares (ha) in area, while all others are 5o hectares (Lambir is actually 52).
KeywordsLarge Plot Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute Database Method Plot Network Sustainable Timber
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