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Goha Mariam

Goha Mariam Church Forest (Est. A.D.)

Forest Health Indicators for Goha Mariam Church Forest


Hectares
of Forest
Remaining
3.5


Woody
Species
Remaining
30


Number of
Cattle Trails
In the Forest
0.0


Number of
Cut Trees
In the Forest
0


Percentage of
Wall
Completed
60%

Data from Dr. Alemayehu Wassie Eshete (2007)

 


Goha_Mariam_Graphical_MapGoha_Mariam_LegendLocated deep in the highlands east of Anbesame town is Goha Mariam church. The journey to reach this site is long as no paved roads exist nearby. With the exception of farmers’ homes that dot the landscape, urban development is minimal. Goha Mariam is nearly circular and is protected by a stone wall that surrounds the forest keeping out livestock. Surrounding cropland is dominated by maize and tef, though exotic eucalyptus is also widely cultivated. Wildlife is abundant in the forest and the church priests are excited to point out porcupine dens and share stories of genet sightings.

Goha Mariam Church Forest Area: 3.5 hectares (34648 m2)

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Goha Mariam Land-Use Breakdown:
• Agricultural Land: 78.98%
• Grazing Land: 8.56%
• Church Forest: 3.00%
• Urban Land: 3.67%
• Tree Cover: 5.78%



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