This map indicates the location of the secondary forest dynamics plots in the secondary forest monitoring network. This network allows for the monitoring of vegetation dynamics and above ground carbon storage in young (< 30 years) secondary forest across the Agua Salud focal research landscape. While regular monitoring affords the opportunity to track changes over time, the use of different age and/or basal area classes allows for a first assessment of how carbon storage may change with age and species composition.
The monitoring network consist of 54 sites where two permanent plots 50m x 20m have been established, one at an up slope position and the other down slope adjacent to gallery forest where it exists. Seedlings and trees greater than 1 cm diameter at breast height (dbh) are being monitored.