International Journal of
Biodiversity and Conservation

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Biodivers. Conserv.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-243X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJBC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 635

Article in Press

The woody species diversity and structural composition of urban forest of Sheka Zone SNNPRS South West Ethiopia

Zerihun Zeleke Negerasha , Dereje Denu Rebu and Shelema Guzo

  •  Accepted: 20 January 2021
Urban forest patches act as a refuge for biological diversities. Therefore, this study was conducted to assess the woody species diversity and structural composition potential of three urban forest patches of Masha and Teppi towns, Sheka Zone, Southwest Ethiopia. Urban forest patches of Masha and Teppi towns were stratified into three patches namely government institution, churches and indigenous sacred sites. Totally 39 sample main plots were randomly marked, thirteen sample plots of size = 20 m × 40 from each Urban forest. All woody species with DBH ≥5cm and H ≥2m were recorded from the plots. 49 woody species belonging to 43 genera and 27 families were identified and recorded. Totally 210.57/ha density of woody species across the three Urban forest patches were recorded. From the results of the study of three Urban forest patches it is possible to conclude that the existence of Urban forests has contributed towards the conservation of woody species diversity and structural composition. Thus, all stakeholders should pay attention to the protection and conservation of Urban forest in Sheka Zone in particular and Ethiopia at large to save biological diversity.

Keywords: Urban forest, biological diversity, woody species, structural composition