The Fure River Forest Reserve is situated 11 km south-west of Prestea town and is bisected by the Prestea–Nkwanta road. The terrain comprises steep-sided hills and deep valleys that become flooded in the rainy season. Parts of this forest have been heavily degraded as a result of timber exploitation; 3,004 ha is under logging concessions while 641 ha are Cedrelaodorata plantation, which was established in 1971–198. Areas in both the north and the south are still intact. Average annual rainfall is c.1,750 mm.
See Box and Tables 2 and 3 for key species.
Non-bird biodiversity: Cercopithecus diana roloway (CR) occurs and Tragelaphus euryceros (LR/nt) is thought to do so.
Pressure/threats to key biodiversity
Ownership of the forest lies with the paramount stools of Wassaw Fiase and Wassa Amenfi Traditional Areas. The site was designated a Forest Reserve under local bye-laws in 1940. The forest is rated Condition 3 with a GHI of up to 178. It has been been proposed that parts of the reserve be protected as a Hill Sanctuary. Exploitation of forest products for local use is allowed under permit. Although heavily exploited, the site appears still to support a significant fauna that would benefit from improved protection.
BirdLife International (2023) Important Bird Areas factsheet: Fure River Forest Reserve. Downloaded from
http://www.birdlife.org on 04/02/2023.