Permanent Sample Plots in Bhadravathi, Shivamogga, India
Permanent Sample Plots in Bhadravathi, Shivamogga, India

Permanent Sample Plots in Bhadravathi, Shivamogga, India

Forest-PLUS and the Bhadravathi Forest Division have together laid the Permanent Sample plots in Bhadravathi division of Shivamogga Circle to monitor productivity, biodiversity, carbon stock and unusual anthropogenic disturbances

The permanent sample plots (PSPs) are permanently demarcated forest areas, which are enumerated annually. PSPs provide various scientific parameters of the forest, changes in the forest over a period, which is very important for scientific management as well as carbon stock calculations of the forest. These sample plots also work as “Ecological Reference Centres” where one can study all the ecological processes in isolation, compare the effect of climate, soil, fire, grazing and other successions.

The Bhadravathi Forest Division extends on either side of the Bhadra River and on the right-bank of the Tunga River. The Bhadravathi Forest Division consists seven ranges viz. Ajjampura, Bhadravathy, Tarikere, Shantisagar, Lakkavalli, Channagiri and Umblebyle. The division consists of dry and moist deciduous forest type with extensive patches of small bamboo (Dendrocalamus strictus) of good quality,  with encroachment, forest fire, and illegal felling as main drivers of deforestation and forest degradation resulting in decrease of carrying capacity of forests to sequester carbon over time.

These sample plots will be managed by the forest department and enumerated periodically. To monitor the change in carbon storage capacity of forests, diversity and other successional changes, Bahdravathi Forest Department and team of The Partnership for Land Use Science (Forest-PLUS) Technical Assistance Program a five-year USAID funded bilateral program worked together and locate the randomly generated geo-coordinates of sample plots. The permanent sample plots were laid in all ranges of Bhadravathi forest Division of Shivamogga circle. The information of the sample plots viz. latitude, longitude; elevation and type of forest was recorded. The trees were properly marked and enumerated to take into account the current growth statistics.

For more information, please contact Dr. Kit Kernan, Forest-PLUS Chief of Party at kit.kernan@tetratech.com