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Potential Areas for Commercial Timber Plantations of Tabebuia rosea (Bertol.) DC. in Michoacan, Mexico

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DOI: 10.4236/ojf.2017.71004    1,035 Downloads   1,483 Views Citations

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The targeted area for plant reforestation in the state of Michoacan is made up of eroded areas and pasture induced areas, both adding to 525,260 ha and representing 10.9% of the total surface of the state. The regions with the largest areas in need of reforestation are the Costa with 185,396 ha (29%), Oriente with 106,836 (17%) and Tierra Caliente with 96,284 (15%). Commercial forest plantations are an alternative for reducing the pressure on natural forests and creating options for sustainable and diversified development, changing the land use from fragmented agricultur and livestock purposes to forestry. The object of this study was to determine potential areas for the establishment of commercial forest plantations of Tabebuia rosea (Bertol.) DC. in the state of Michoacan, Mexico, by using geographic information systems. The outlining of potential areas was performed with the IDRISI 32 and ArcView programs, according to the environmental requirements of T. rosea. These environmental requirements include precipitation, temperature, soil, altitude, land use and slope. The analysis resulted in two maps where the potential areas for the establishment of commercial forest plantations with this species were shown, which turned out a total potential area of 54,320 ha, distributed in 47,566 ha considering a slope of 0% - 15% for non-manual forest plantations, and 6754 ha considering a slope of 15% - 30% for manual forest plantations. The ecologic conditions in Michoacan are favorable for successful establishment and development of commercial forest plantations of T. rosea.

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Muñoz-Flores, H. , Castillo-Quiroz, D. , Castillo-Reyes, F. , Sáenz-Reyes, J. , Avila-Flores, D. and Rueda-Sánchez, A. (2017) Potential Areas for Commercial Timber Plantations of Tabebuia rosea (Bertol.) DC. in Michoacan, Mexico. Open Journal of Forestry, 7, 48-57. doi: 10.4236/ojf.2017.71004.

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