29 Oct '15, 3pm

Selective logging hurts rainforest frogs #Geography

Selective logging hurts rainforest frogs #Geography

Bob Inger’s Bush Frog (Raorchestes bobingeri), a species found in the study site. Photo by K.S. Seshadri Selective logging in India’s Western Ghats forests continues to affect frogs decades after harvesting ended, finds a new study published in Biotropica . The research, conducted by K. S. Seshadri of Pondicherry University and the Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, assessed frog communities in logged and unlogged forests in Kalakad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve, Tamil Nadu. Seshadri found that unlogged forests had twice the density of frogs as areas logged in the 1970s. “Only a handful studies have examined the effects of such selective logging on amphibians and they all report negative effects. This study adds to the existing body of knowledge on the impacts of logging,” said Seshadri. “If only vegetation regeneration is examined, one would think the ...

Full article: http://news.mongabay.com/2014/08/selective-logging-hurts-...

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