Tree growth performance in private plantations in Nepal’s central Terai region

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Dhakal, Arun. 2008. "Tree growth performance in private plantations in Nepal’s central Terai region." Tropical Forest Update. 18 (3), pp. 19-21.
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Tree growth performance in private plantations in Nepal’s central Terai region

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AuthorDhakal, Arun
EditorsChan Hung, Tuck, Mark, Spalding, Shigeyuki, Baba, Mami, Kainuma, Alastair, Sarre and Steve, Johnson
Journal TitleTropical Forest Update
Journal Citation18 (3), pp. 19-21
Number of Pages3
Year2008
Place of PublicationJapan
Web Address (URL)http://www.itto.int/tfu/id=1877
Abstract

The forest policy of Nepal places higher emphasis on
community forestry development rather than on
private forestry. However, farmers of Nepal’s central
Terai region have long focused on the establishment of private tree plantations, with community forestry generally not having been encouraged in this region. Private forestry can be a viable option for promoting sustainable management of the national forest in the Terai because pressures on the national forest are reduced when farmers get their basic needs (i.e. fuelwood and fodder) from their own private plantations which are grown primarily for commercial purposes.

The main commercial species in central Terai are Dalbergia
sissoo, Eucalyptus camaldulensis, Gmelina arborea, Tectona
grandis and Anthocephalus chinensis. Although farmers
are commercially motivated, they lack the skills and knowledge to maximize income from their forests. Species’ growth rates and market values determine the income that farmers can gain from their plantation investment. However, there have been no studies to assess the growth patterns and performance of these species so that farmers can select the right species and right harvesting age for the best economic return on their investment. This study examined the growth performance of these five economically important tropical timber species in two different types of plantations: bond plantation (plantation along bonds of the cultivated field) and stand plantation.

Keywordsprivate tree plantations; private forestry; tree growth; growth performance; Nepal
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020410406. Natural resource management
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Byline AffiliationsKathmandu Forestry College, Nepal
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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