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Title: Structure and regeneration of old-growth stands in the engelmann spruce - subalpine fir zone
Author: Klinka, Karel
Subject Keywords Age;Diameter;Height;Engelmann spruce;Engelmann spruce - subalpine fir;Forest floor;Coarse woody debris;Old growth forest ecology;Forest regeneration;Snowmelt;Stand structure;Subalpine fir;Abies lasiocarpa;Fire ecology;Understory plants;Moist cold subzone
Issue Date: 1998
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2008-04-08
Publisher Forest Sciences Department, University of British Columbia
Series/Report no. Scientia Silvica Extension Series, 1209-952X, no. 11
Abstract: Old-growth stands are important for management, conservation, wildlife, recreation, and maintaining biological diversity in forested landscapes. However, we are lacking the information needed to adequately identify and characterize old-growth stands. This is especially true for high elevation, interior forests. The characterization of stand structure and regeneration pattern will help in the development of site-specific guidelines for identifying old growth stands and restoring some of the old-growth characteristics in managed stands. This pamphlet presents a synopsis of a study investigating stand structure and regeneration of old-growth stands in the Moist Cold Engelmann Spruce - Subalpine Fir (ESSFmc) Subzone near Smithers, B.C. The three stands selected for the study were located on zonal sites, each in different watersheds, and the stands were established after fire. The criteria used for selection were: i) absence of lodgepole pine, ii) presence of advanced regeneration, and iii) abundant snags and coarse woody debris. These stands were presumed to represent the old-growth stage of stand development or the final (climax) stage of secondary succession.
Affiliation: Forest Sciences, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/661
Peer Review Status: Peer-Reviewed

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