Implications for Forestry

Logging of tropical forests may or may not cause nutrient losses as severe as those depicted in Fig. 2.11, depending on the severity of the disturbance to the forest structure and the soil organic matter. Conversion of native forests to plantations may result in a greater loss than that resulting from selective logging, since conversion to plantations involves eliminating the entire forest, along with the nutrient-conserving mechanisms. However, losses may not be as severe as those following agriculture, because once the plantation species are planted, further disturbance is often minor compared to agriculture.

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