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Journal of the Austrian Society of Agricultural Economics (JASAE)
Journal ID : JASAE-16-04-2021-73
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Title : BIODIVERSITY ASSESSMENT OF THE NWSSU-MATALUD FORESTED AREA
by Elvie T. Bejar, Nilda C. Jamin, Reynaldo R. Aquino, Feleciano R. Bejar, Zaldee Nino D. Tan, Elegrecio R. Timan, Rodolfo R. Corrales Jr,
Abstract : A study conducted to verify the diversity and utilization status of NwSSU-Matalud forest using the five barangays along boundary lines as study sites, including selected respondents to determine its utilization status. Results indicated majority of respondents are in ages 50-61 years old, majority were male, married whose income was less than 3,000.00 pesos, High school level of education are obtained by most respondents and farming were their source of income. Premium trees species locally known as Apanang, Bayog, Narra, Gisok, Lauan and Toog are predominantly found, while, G-melina and Mahogany were the sufficient species in artificial forest area. Sufficient fruit trees found were Coconut, Caimito and Santol growing as plantation crops and along road networks of the school campus. Birds seen “frequently” to “always” in the area were the tukmo, tatahilaw, and abucay. Mammals observed were, wild pig, monkey and bats were present only “occasionally”. Reptiles like halo, ibid, turtles are the ones occasionally found in the forest. Land utilization of study area is classified into agricultural, forest and settlement areas. Timberland comprise the largest area with 898.5 hectares broken down to; ipil-ipil, mahogany and g-melina plantations. Natural and successional forest areas considered to be the water shed forest reserved of the NwSSU Matalud campus. Ipil-ipil plantation was threatened by the kaingineros due to high fertility status of the soil. The respondent’s issues and concerned with the forest areas are the incidental forest fire, expansion of kaingin area and timber poaching.

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