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A one-stop location for information on big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla, Meliaceae)

MANAGEMENT

This section describes how mahogany has historically been harvested from primary tropical forests, how recent changes in forest regulations are improving management practices, and strategies for increasing timber yields from natural forests through the use of targeted silvicultural practices. We explore reasons for low-density natural seedling regeneration and post-logging regeneration failures. Enrichment planting of nursery-grown mahogany seedlings into forest openings created by logging will play a critical role in any successful management effort. We also briefly review results and challenges associated with managing mahogany in single- or multiple-species plantations.

Harvests

Methods used to log mahogany, including differences between conventional and reduced-impact logging (RIL) in primary forests.

Regeneration

Issues associated with natural seedling regeneration, including post-logging regeneration failure and two seedling/sapling predators.

Regulations

Past and present harvest regulations in Central & South American countries with natural mahogany populations.

Enrichment

Techniques for and benefits of outplanting seedlings in logging gaps, with a summary of experience to date in Central & South America.

Silviculture

Silvicultural practices for managing natural mahogany populations, aimed mainly at reducing mortality and increasing growth rates.

Plantations

Mahogany management in plantations.

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