The Ngel Nyaki Forest Dynamics Plot (NGFDP) is located within the Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve on the Mambilla Plateau, a highland region bordering Cameroon. The Plateau is part of the Cameroon Volcanic Line and as such, the area is rich in biodiversity. The plot is mostly Afromontane forest (1600 masl) but includes some grassland which is now protected to allow natural forest regeneration. The seasonal rainfall is around 1800 mm and falls between April and October. The plot was initiated in 2014 by the Nigerian Montane Forest Project (NMFP) under the directorship of Associate Professor Hazel Chapman from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. The establishment of the plot was made possible by a significant donation received from Retired General T.Y. Danjuma, whose home is Taraba State.
The primary aim of the plot is to help understand forest dynamics and demographics and monitor forest restoration. The plot will act as a long term research site for Nigerian universities and research institutes and will inspire students in disciplines such as biology and conservation. In addition, the plot will be a focus for multi-national collaborative research.
Support for the plot has been received from the Taraba State Forest Service, Chester Zoo, The A.G. Leventis Foundation, and Nexen Nigeria.