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New STRI book by Rolando A. Perez M.

December 09, 2008

New STRI book by Rolando A. Perez M.

The forests of the Panama Canal watershed have been under study for about 100 years

The forests of the Panama Canal watershed have been under study for about 100 years. They are probably the best studied tropical forests of the world. National parks Chagres, Soberania, Camino de Cruces and Campana, San Lorenzo Protective Forest and Landscape, Metropolitan Natural Park, Gatun Lake Recreational Area and Barro Colorado Nature Monument are all in the Panama Canal Watershed. These protected areas include wetlands, and humid and very humid, dry, montane, deciduous and mangrove forests.

STRI biologist Rolando A. Pérez M. working with the Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS), published a guide to the trees of the Panama Canal watershed, to share with botanists and the general public, his powerful observation skills.

The book will enable users to locate and identify 210 species of trees common to the Panama Canal watershed. The role played by Pérez at the CTFS has made a great difference in the field work conducted at the BCI Forest Dynamics Plot during many years. According to STRI director Eldredge Bermingham, this book is a jewel and a valuable bibliographic resource for everybody interested in learning about the Panamanian flora.

The book will sell for $30 at the STRI bookstore. The book presentation will be held early next year.

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