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Title: Classification of trembling aspen ecosystems in British Columbia. Full report.
Author: Krestov, Pavel; Klinka, Karel; Chourmouzis, Christine; Hanel, Claudia
Subject Keywords Ecosystem classification;Forest productivity;Site quality;Trembling aspen;Vegetation classification;Boreal forest;Braun-Blanquet
Issue Date: 2000-03
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2008-04-04
Publisher Forest Sciences Department, University of British Columbia
Series/Report no. Scientia silvica extension series, 1209-952X, no. 27
Abstract: This full report presents the first approximation of vegetation classification of trembling aspen ecosystems in interior British Columbia. The classification is based on a total of 186 plots sampled during the summers of 1995, 1997 and 1998. We used multivariate and tabular methods to synthesize and classify ecosystems according to the Braun-Blanquet approach and the methods of biogeoclimatic ecosystem classification. The aspen ecosystems were classified into 15 basic vegetation units (associations or subassociations) that were grouped into four alliances. Communities of the Populus tremuloides – Mertensia paniculata, and Populus tremuloides – Elymus innovatus alliances were aligned with the boreal Picea glauca & mariana order and were distributed predominantly in the Boreal White and Black Spruce zone; communities of the Populus tremuloides – Thalictrum occidentale alliance were also aligned with the same order, but were distributed predominantly in the Sub-Boreal Spruce zone; communities of the Populus tremuloides – Symphoricarpos albus alliance were aligned with the wetter cool temperate Tsuga heterophylla order and the drier cool temperate Pseudotsuga menziesii order and were distributed in the Sub-boreal Spruce, Interior Western Hemlock, Montane Spruce, and Interior Douglas-fir zones. We describe the vegatation and environmental features of these units and present vegetation and environmental tables for individual plots and units.
Affiliation: Forest Sciences, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/645
Peer Review Status: Peer-Reviewed

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