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Revista Chapingo Serie Ciencias Forestales y del Ambiente
Volume XXIII, issue 2, May - August 2017


Species-specific and regional volume models for 12 forest species in Durango, Mexico Scientific article
Modelos de volumen específicos y regionales para 12 especies forestales en el estado de Durango, México
Bernardo Simental-Cano; Carlos A. López-Sánchez; Christian A. Wehenkel; Benedicto Vargas-Larreta; Juan G. Álvarez-González; José Javier Corral-Rivas
Received: 2016-01-26
Accepted: 2016-12-11
Available online: 2017-04-27 / pages 155-171

  • Aim: In this study, significant differences were evaluated in additive equation systems for estimating the total volume of individual trees in nine species of the genus Pinus (P. cooperi, P. durangensis, P. arizonica, P. leiophylla, P. teocote, P. engelmannii, P. lumholtzii, P. strobiformisand P. herrerae), and three of the genus Quercus (Q. sideroxyla, Q. durifoliaand Q. rugosa), and among regional forest management units (UMAFOR) when dealing with the same species.
    Materials and Methods: To evaluate whether equation systems are different among tree species of the same genus and among the UMAFORs for the same species, two complementary statistical analyzes were used based on the fitting of a reduced and a full equation system: the F test of nonlinear extra sum of squares method, and the parameter significance analysis. The reduced equation system does not differentiate among species or UMAFOR, while the full equation system corresponds to a set of species-specific or UMAFOR-specific parameters.
    Results and Discussion: The results of the study indicate that, for most species studied, systems of equations are significantly different. It is also reported the need to use regional models in 10 of the 12 tree species, except for P. strobiformis and Q. rugosa.

Structure and diversity of tree vegetation in three reliefs on the Oaxaca coast Scientific article
Estructura y diversidad de la vegetación arbórea en tres relieves de la costa de Oaxaca
Verónica Ortega-Baranda; Juan I. Valdez-Hernández; Edmundo García-Moya; Dante Arturo Rodríguez-Trejo
Received: 2016-02-10
Accepted: 2017-01-07
Available online: 2017-04-27 / pages 173-184

  • Introduction: Relief has a significant influence on the spatial distribution and heterogeneity of arboreal vegetation in tropical forests.

    Objective: Tree structure and diversity were analyzed in three reliefs on the Oaxaca coast: plain, premountain and low mountain.


    Materials and methods: Three 1,000 m2 randomly selected sampling units were established in each relief to record total height, canopy cover and diameter at breast height (DBH) in three size classes: poles (Po), saplings (Sa) and seedlings (Se). The structure was characterized by vertical stratification, diameter distribution, Importance Value Index (IVI) and Forestry Value Index (FVI). The diversity was estimated with the Shannon-Wiener Index (H') and floristic similarity with the Sorensen Index (SI).

    Results and discussion: The species with the highest IVI and FVI were: Bravaisia integerrima (poles) and Pithecellobium dulce (saplings and seedlings) in premountain; Cecropia obtusifolia and Swartzia cubensis (poles), Cupania dentata (saplings) and Nectandra globosa (seedlings) in low mountain. The diversity (H') was significantly (p < 0.05) higher in low mountain (3.24) than in premountain (1.76) and plain (2.07). Floristic similarity (SI) of poles and saplings was lower between plain and premountain, and for seedlings it was lower between plain and low mountain.


    Conclusion: Species richness and diversity were different in each size class in at least one relief.


Some tree species of ecological importance in Mexico: A documentary review   Artículos de revisión
Algunas especies arbóreas de importancia ecológica en México: una revisión documental  
Marín Pompa-García; José Á. Sigala Rodríguez; Enrique Jurado-Ybarra
Received: 2016-05-24
Accepted: 2017-01-26
Available online: 2017-04-27 / pages 185-219

  • Introduction: Mexico is known worldwide for its floristic diversity that has promoted interest in keeping record of the ecological importance of those species. Aims: This study shows a compilation of the scientific literature in which Mexican forest species are studied due to their importance, dominance, and abundance. Materials and Methods: A total of 161 studies published from 1980 to 2015 were collected using specialized databases such as ISI Web of Science, Science Direct, Google Scholar, Latindex, SciELO and predefined keywords. Trends are analyzed and research perspectives are suggested to improve the current knowledge state on plant communities. Results and discussion: According to the analysis of the studies, the number of publications increased 46 % in the last five years. Mexican journals report the highest number of contributions (69 %), mainly focused on tropical deciduous forest (19 %). The dominant species are Quercus (Fagaceae), Pinus (Pinaceae), Acacia (Fabaceae) and Bursera (Burseraceae). Conclusions: The increase in publications in recent years is evidence of growing interest in this area; however, studies conducted for species or plant communities with some category of risk are rare in the literature.

Hardening of Pinus oaxacana Mirov seedlings under irrigation management in nursery   Scientific article
Endurecimiento de plántulas de Pinus oaxacana Mirov con manejo del riego en vivero
María L. Ávila-Angulo; Arnulfo Aldrete; J. Jesús Vargas-Hernández; Armando Gómez-Guerrero; Víctor A. González-Hernández; Alejandro Velázquez-Martínez
Received: 2016-05-02
Accepted: 2017-02-10
Available online: 2017-04-27 / pages 221-229

  • Introduction: Plants should undergo a hardening process in the nursery to improve the survival of forest plantations in degraded areas.

    Purpose of the study: The effect of three levels of irrigation was evaluated in the hardening stage on some morphological and physiological variables of Pinus oaxacana.

    Materials and Methods: The treatments evaluated were three levels of irrigation and a control treatment. Irrigation was performed when the containers reduced their saturation weight by 30 % (frequent), 40-45% (medium) and 45-50% (low); in the control treatment, irrigation was applied every two or three days. The study used a randomized complete block design; each treatment consisted of 100 plants.

    Results and Discussion: Morphological indicators with significant differences (P ≤ 0.05) among treatments were root collar diameter, shoot dry weight, and total dry weight. The physiological indicators using the root growth potential test showed no significant differences. Plants with frequent irrigation had greater diameter, shoot dry weight, and total dry weight.

    Conclusions: A reduction of irrigation between 30 to 45 % in P. oaxacana allows the production of hardened plants, with greater possibility of success at the time of transplantation in the field.

Analysis of methods to estimate the mean and variance of the willingness to pay: parametric and non-parametric case   Scientific article
Análisis de métodos para calcular la media y varianza de la disposición a pagar: el caso paramétrico y no paramétrico
Marco A. López-Santiago; César Alberto Meza-Herrera; Ramón Valdivia-Alcalá
Received: 2016-06-23
Accepted: 2017-02-27
Available online: 2017-04-28 / pages 231-242

  • Introduction: Contingent valuation (CVM) is the most significant direct method for estimating the total monetary value of ecosystem services.

    Aims: The parametric and non-parametric methods of estimation of the willingness to pay (WTP) were compared through the intervals of the mean, to give recommendations of use in the valuation of ecosystem services.

    Materials and Methods: In order to provide support for the comparison of the methods, two case studies that applied the CVM were used. Within the non-parametric approach, the mean and variance intervals obtained with the Boman, Bostedt and Kriström formulas were compared with those obtained by the Haab and McConnell method.

    Results and Discussion: The parametric and non-parametric methods can be used indistinctly to obtain the mean of the WTP, because no significant differences were observed among the estimated values. In non-parametric methods, the two approaches analyzed do not differ in the estimation of the mean, but there are differences when calculating the variances; the Haab and McConnell method generates relatively larger mean variances.

    Conclusions: It is recommended to use the non-parametric method as a complement or validation of the results of the parametric method, since the latter includes socioeconomic explanatory variables of the WTP.

Alternative uses of sawmill industry waste   Artículos de revisión
Usos alternativos de los desechos de la industria del aserrío
Jesús N. Fregoso-Madueño; José R. Goche-Télles; José G. Rutiaga-Quiñones; Rubén Francisco González-Laredo; Melissa Bocanegra-Salazar; Jorge A. Chavez-Simental
Received: 2016-06-23
Accepted: 2017-03-16
Available online: 2017-04-28 / pages 243-260

  • In Mexico, approximately 8 million m3 of wood is produced annually. Of this volume, 70 % goes to the sawmill industry, generating around 2.8 million m3 of waste, mainly sawdust, woodchips and bark. The management of these wastes represents a problem today, as they are mainly used as a source of energy, negatively affecting the environment, generating dust in the air and contributing to the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. In addition, the waste is harmful to the health of sawmill workers and residents in nearby areas, by generating environmental problems such as fires and self-combustion. Consequently, it is necessary to find alternative uses for this waste. Most of this waste is rich in cellulose, hemicellulose, lignin and other low molecular weight substances, desirable characteristics in many industrial processes. The extractable substances could be used in these processes, thus reducing the environmental impact. This review provides sustainable alternatives for the development and use of forest industry resources, based on available information on the application and use of forest residues.

Pinus hartwegii Lindl. treeline ecotone: structure and altitudinal limits at Nevado de Toluca, Mexico Scientific article
Ecotono del límite superior del bosque de Pinus hartwegii Lindl.: estructura y límites altitudinales en el Nevado de Toluca, México
Farid U. Alfaro-Ramírez; José T. Arredondo-Moreno; Marlín Pérez-Suárez; Ángel R. Endara-Agramont
Received: 2016-10-03
Accepted: 2017-03-30
Available online: 2017-04-28 / pages 261-273

  • Introduction: Treeline ecotone complexity might function as a barrier to altitudinal migration of Pinus hartwegii Lindl. Objectives: P. hartwegii forest structure was characterized through its treeline ecotone at Nevado de Toluca; in addition, possible changes in altitudinal limits over the last 25 years were determined. Materials and methods: Height and diameter at breast height (DBH) of each tree were determined, as well as natural forest regeneration and tree density. Altitudinal limits were determined on satellite images from 1989 and 2014 using the moving split window method. Results and discussion: Tree density fell between 8 and 70 % across altitudinal gradient. Altitudinal limits (3,980-4,130 m) did not show significant differences (P = 0.07) between two evaluated years. The P. hartwegii ecotone displays a diffuse form, regulated by growth limitations. This implies that the forest might modify its altitudinal distribution based on environmental changes, according to its ecological amplitude and how fast new individuals can become established at higher altitudes. Conclusion:  Long-term monitoring is important to know if P. hartwegii is actually capable of migrating altitudinally as a result of increased environmental temperature.

Survival and growth of three Quercus species under contrasting coverage conditions in southern Mexico Scientific article
Supervivencia y crecimiento de tres especies de Quercus bajo condiciones contrastantes de cobertura en el sur de México
Maximino B. Rivas-Rivas; Neptalí Ramírez-Marcial; Hugo Perales; Samuel I. Levy-Tacher; Consuelo Bonfil
Received: 2017-01-02
Accepted: 2017-04-12
Available online: 2017-04-28 / pages 275-288

  • Introduction: Intensive use modifies the composition and structure of the forests of southern Mexico, limiting the natural repopulation of Quercus species.

    Objective: The feasibility of Quercus crispipilis, Q. ocoteifolia and Q. segoviensis in forest restoration was evaluated under three canopy conditions: secondary pine-oak forest, shrubland and grassland.

    Materials and methods: Survival, growth and biomass production of young plants of the three Quercus species were determined in three conditions, with three replications each, for 14 months. A total of 33 individuals of each species were transplanted per replication.

    Results and discussion: Survival was relatively high (> 88 %) in all three conditions. The relative growth rate (RGR) in height of Q. crispipilis and Q. ocoteifolia was higher under forest and shrubland conditions. RGR in basal diameter of the three species was higher under grassland conditions, as was the biomass of Q. crispipilis and Q. segoviensis roots.

    Conclusions: The presence of canopy influences the microclimatic variables of the sites. Quercus crispipilis and Q. segoviensis have higher survival and growth under shrubland and grassland conditions, while Q. ocoteifolia is favored under forest canopy.

Updating land-cover change via analysis based on elevation and distance to settlements: A case study from Turkey Scientific article
Actualización de cambio de cobertura terrestre mediante análisis basado en la elevación y distancia de los asentamientos: Un estudio de caso de Turquía
Ali Ihsan Kadıoğulları; Turan Sönmez; Emin Zeki Başkent; Uzay Karahalil
Received: 2016-11-16
Accepted: 2017-04-11
Available online: 2017-05-02 / pages 289-313

  • Introduction: An understanding of landscape change and forest dynamics based on topographical parameters and human activities is important for the sustainable management of forest ecosystems.

    Objective: Update the analysis of land-use/land-cover changes in the Gümüşhane Forest Enterprise in northeastern Turkey.

    Materials and methods: Forest improvement changes over the last 26-year period (1987-2013) were analyzed in terms of land-use/land-cover classes using forest management plans. The temporal transitions among the land use and cover types were also documented and evaluated based on topographical parameters and distance from settlements using elevation maps and ring buffers.

    Results and discussion: This period showed rapid forest improvement with an increase of 50,910 ha, amounting to a 1.58 % annual improvement rate. While the most highly forested elevation zone (66.6 % - 40,124 ha) was located between 1,501 and 2,000 m, the highest forestation rate (22.4 % - 13,509 ha) was found at a distance of over 500 m from settlement areas between 1971 and 2013. In terms of fragmentation, on the other hand, Gümüşhane forests were fragmented by an areal increase in productive forest areas between 1971 and 2013. 

    Conclusions: Important data on the dynamics of forest ecosystems in Gümüşhane Forest Enterprise were obtained. There is a strong link between land use changes and forest cover, social pressure, settlement distance, and elevation class.

A methodological approach for urban green areas: a case study in Madrid   Scientific article
Un enfoque metodológico para áreas verdes urbanas: un caso de estudio en Madrid
Teresa Briz-de-Felipe; Isabel de Felipe-Boente
Received: 2016-03-08
Accepted: 2017-03-13
Available online: 2017-05-03 / pages 315-328

  • Introduction: Urban residents are aware of the positive effects of being surrounded by nature.

    Objective: A method was tested for identifying urban green areas and determining the attitude of the actors involved in the process of ground and roof greening.

    Materials and methods: Roofs available for the establishment of green areas were quantified. Residents were interviewed to ascertain their willingness to install and maintain a green roof. The study was carried out through a techno-socioeconomic evaluation. The Willingness-To-Green Index (WTG) was used to analyze the presence or absence of plants on roofs.

    Results and discussion: A new index, named the Green Evaluation Weighted Index (GEWI), was proposed to measure the "presence of green" in an urban environment. The index establishes the relationship between the number of roofs and the WTG of the inhabitants. The districts of Salamanca (Madrid), San Martí (Barcelona) and Nervión (Seville) had greater GEWI; that is, greater presence of urban agriculture.

    Conclusions: The proposed methodology and index show the different possibilities that the study areas have to increase their green areas. Some factors such as reducing paperwork or facilitating the installation of green roofs could help achieve this goal.