The Dynamic Aspects of the Secondary Vegetation in Arusha National Park, Tanzania

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1973
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Vesey-Fitzgerald, D. F.
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Exploitation of the forest and subsistence cultivation on the eastern side of Meru mountain have resulted in a degraded ecosystem_ This is manifest by fragmentation or complete destruction of the forest canopy, followed by a massive invasion of secondary shrubs resulting in dwindling land use values. Regeneration of trees throughout the area is poor, wild fires have been uncontrolled for many years; and several types of derived vegetation have become established. The area is now under the management of the Tanzania National Parks and a programme of rehabilitation of the vegetation is therefore essential. As a preliminary to formulating a con3ervation plan, the dynamic aspects of the existing vegetation were studied; the results of the survey are reported here.
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East African Agricultural And Forestry Journal, 38, p. 314-328