GIS-Aided Suitability Assessment of Mt. Mayapay Watershed in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte

Roger T. Sarmiento, Jupiter V. Casas

Abstract


This research explored the use of GIS in developing site suitability maps of Mt. Mayapay for the three primary reforestation species namely \textit{Acacia mangium} Willd., \textit{Swietenia macrophylla} King., and \textit{Spathodea campanulata} Beauv. These site suitability maps were overlaid to develop species suitability maps for economic and environmental forestry purposes. The general area of study site was determined to be moderately suitable (S2) for the three selected species. For most of the site, the species recommended for forest production purposes was \textit{Acacia mangium} Willd. The species recommended for forest protection purposes on the other hand was \textit{Spathodea campanulata} Beauv. This study suggest that through GIS, the species-site suitability matching can be improved and to forestry planners to develop better land use pattern and make reasonable decisions for forest land use. The site suitability maps developed are useful to identify suitable areas for effective conservation, efficient income generation and sustainable forestland management in Mt. Mayapay, Butuan City, Agusan del Norte, Philippines.

Keywords


GIS, production, protection, reforestation, species-site matching, suitability

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