"Mamiri forest reserve" Samreboi Travelogue by quapaw
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Mamiri Forest Reserve is part of a forest consession leased from the Ghanaian government by Samartex timber and plywood company Ltd. It has a size of about 50 square kilometres which is fairly small for Ghanaian standards. The northern half of the reserve is set aside as Globally Significant Biodiversity Area (known as GSBA's) and Fauna Protection Area. This area is also known to inhabit Chimpanzees. Most of the reserve has never been exploited and some ancient huge trees (such as Ceibas) can still be found here. The reserve is situated in Southeastern Ghana right in the transition zone from Wet evergreen forest to Moist evergreen forest.
Me and a fellow student are writing the management plan for Mamiri. The place is quite remote and there are several rural towns around the reserve which are accessible by dirt roads. Many small log bridges have to be crossed. The other day we entering the forest near one of these villages, namely Kamaso. First we had to explain what was going on and the village chief had to approve. Ghanaians are really happy to have their picture taken and laugh their heads off when you show them their picture on the screen of the camera.
The surroundings of the villages are dominated by cacao but cassava, maize, cola nut, pineapple, banana and other crops are also grown. Huge pieces of the forest have been burnt for these agricultural practises. They appear scorched and dead, the crops planted in between the dead logs.
After the chief had approved a villager (local hunter who knows the forest well) went with us to the forest and showed us around. He told us that he very recently saw 3 chimpanzees very near to the village. If they can manage to stop hunting, which is a huge wildlife problem in Ghana, and habituate the chimps to people there is a very high potential for eco-tourism. We will definitely include this in our management plan.
At the moment we are still busy establishing Permanent Sample Plots with a size of one hectare. An inventory will be held by the Forestry Department from Kumasi within these plots (all trees with a diameter above 10 centimetre will be measured). With this data we can determine the current stand and composition of the forest, and we will be able to calculate values interesting for management purposes. Eight guys are working for us at the moment, setting out these sample plots. In the meanwhile we are pinpointing roads and tracks around the reserve with a GPS to update maps with GIS software.
It is not always easy to arrange a car in the mornings because very recently one of the drivers had a bit of a drunken joyride and crashed the, our, car. None of the roads is surfaced here and for most you really need a 4WD. Today it was really raining ay, a tropical rain storm. The red clay soil had become very muddy and slippery. One 180 after the other in the car, we were slipping all the time. When we got stuck the driver decided to cover us in this muck when we had to push the car.
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