Original Paper

Journal of Forestry Research

, Volume 24, Issue 3, pp 457-460

Carbon stock estimation for tree species of Sem Mukhem sacred forest in Garhwal Himalaya, India

  • Nazir A. PalaAffiliated withDepartment of Forestry, Dolphin (PG) Institute of Biomedical and Natural Sciences Email author 
  • , A. K. NegiAffiliated withDepartment of Forestry and Natural Resources, HNB Garhwal University Srinagar Garhwal
  • , Yogesh GokhaleAffiliated withThe Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
  • , Showkat AziemAffiliated withPlant physiology division, Botany discipline FRI Dehradun
  • , K. K. VikrantAffiliated withDepartment of Forestry and Natural Resources, HNB Garhwal University Srinagar Garhwal
  • , N. P. TodariaAffiliated withDepartment of Forestry and Natural Resources, HNB Garhwal University Srinagar Garhwal

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Abstract

Carbon stock estimation was conducted in tree species of Sem Mukhem sacred forest in district Tehri of Garhwal Himalaya, Uttarakhand, India. This forest is dedicated to Nagraj Devta and is dominated by tree species, including Quercus floribunda, Quercus semecarpifolia and Rhododendron arboreum. The highest values of below ground biomass density, total biomass density and total carbon density were (34.81±1.68) Mg·ha−1, (168.26±9.04) Mg·ha−1 and (84.13±4.18) Mg·ha−1 for Pinus wallichiana. Overall values of total biomass density and total carbon density calculated were 1549.704 Mg·ha−1 and 774.77 Mg·ha−1 respectively. Total value of growing stock volume density for all species was 732.56 m3·ha−1 and ranged from (144.97±11.98) m3·ha−1 for Pinus wallichiana to (7.78±1.78) m3·ha−1 for Benthamidia capitata.

Keywords

carbon management sacred forest biomass density