Within the Restoring Gallery Forest and Grasslands in the Iori River Valley, Georgia Project, SABUKO in Chachuna Managed Reserve carries out the study of pasture conditions. Sophio Maghlakelidze and Revaz Kvaratskhelia, students of the School of Natural Sciences and Medicine of Ilia State University, are taking part in the study as well. We are sharing the students’ impressions during the course of training.
“In April, we arrived to Dedoplistskaro from where we went to Chachuna Managed Reserve. Along with SABUKO’s staff, we established a station and later on, got introduced to the surrounding environment. Our supervisor gave us a detailed description of the work for the following days.
On the field, we have collected flowering plants to place in stone pressed periodically replaced papers. During our internship, we actively observed the vegetation and randomly selected plots, identified with GPS, inclination and exposure, were evaluated by various criteria, i.e. plant and non-plant covered surface condition. We also studied the sheep movement system by monitoring from an elevated position with binoculars or cameras and recorded information obtained. Usually, we spent six hours per day for observation.
We want to say that SABUKO’s internship program gave us the priceless hands on experience along with theoretical knowledge”.