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Article Published In Vol.8 (May-June 2020)

Evaluation of Biomass and Carbon Stocks by Inventory Method in Pure Pinus roxburghii Forest in Matta Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

Pages : 371-377, DOI: https://doi.org/10.14741/ijmcr/v.8.3.5

Author : Sajad, Jawad and Naseer Ahmed

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The present research study was conducted to estimate volume, biomass and carbon stock in pure Pinus roxburghii forest. Forest acts as a source or sinks for atmospheric CO2 to stores from the atmosphere in different carbon pools by trees in a forest. Illegal activities were carried out and were not properly managed. For evaluation of carbon stock study inventory method was conducted and square shape sample plots were selected by stratified random method. A total of 18 plots were taken; the size was 0.1 ha. Elevation and coordinates of each sample plot were measured by GPS. In each sample plot tress height, diameter at (DBH) point and crown cover were measured as a source of primary. Data were analyzed statistically and results were composed in excel and Software Sigma Plot and Past. The results of the present study, the total carbon stocks in all sample plots was 115(Mg3 0.1H-1) and the mean was 6.407±2.122(Mg 0.1H-1). Total biomass was 230(Mg 0.1 H-1), while the mean was 12.815±4.244(M30.1H-1). The Sum of total carbon stock was 1153.3339(Mg H-1) and the average was 64.074±21.219(Mg H-1). Total biomass was 2306.677(Mg H-1), while the average was 128.149±42.438 (Mg H-1). The study aimed to estimate the volume, stem and total biomass and carbon stock in Pinus roxburghii. The study concluded that it is needed to have Proper scientific management and proper utilization of the forest can be significant measures to enhance the potential of the forest to stored and sink more carbon and control illegal activities.

Keywords: Carbons stock, stem and total biomass, volume and Basel area

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