Ecotourism development in Ikogosi Warmspring, Ekiti State, Nigeria: Implication on woody species composition and structure

O E Olaniyi

Abstract



The high rate of infrastructural development in Ikogosi warmspring towards harnessing her enormous ecotourism potentials calls for a serious concern. The study aimed at identifying the past and present status of ecotourism facilities, determining and comparing the woody species composition and structure of the built- up and/or recreational areas and undeveloped areas of Ikogosi Warmspring, Nigeria. Interview method and field observation were used to identify the past and present status of infrastructural development. Quadrant method was employed to determine the phyto-sociological characteristics - woody tree species composition, diameter at breast height, height, abundance, richness and diversity. Significant level of vegetation indices was tested using T–test analysis. The result revealed 21 families of 49 different woody tree species with total frequency of 117 in the built- up and/or recreational areas while in the undeveloped areas, 25 families of 67 different woody tree species with total frequency of 203 were observed. Despite the slight reduction in richness and diversity of the woody tree species, eco- friendliness must be initiated in the planning process, so as to ensure environmental sustainability of the Warmspring’s vegetation through locating infrastructural development in less sensitive areas such as degraded land and fallow forest within the tourist site.

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