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Title: Regeneration patterns in the Mountain hemlock zone
Author: Klinka, Karel; Brett, Bob; Chourmouzis, Christine
Subject Keywords Alaska yellow-cedar;Canopy trees;Forest regeneration;Gap dynamics;Mountain hemlock;Pacific silver fir;Snow;Stand structure;Subalpine fir;Subalpine forest;Tree-island model;Western hemlock
Issue Date: 1997
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2008-04-11
Publisher Forest Sciences Department, University of British Columbia
Series/Report no. Scientia Silvica extension series, 1209-952X, no. 6
Abstract: The Mountain Hemlock (MH) zone includes all subalpine forests along British Columbia’s coast. It occurs at elevations where most precipitation falls as snow and the growing season is less than 4 months long. The zone includes the continuous forest of the forested subzones and the tree islands of the parkland subzones (Figure 1). Old-growth stands are populated by mountain hemlock, Pacific silver fir, and Alaska yellow-cedar, and are among the least-disturbed ecosystems in the world. Canopy trees grow slowly and are commonly older than 600 years, while some Alaska yellow-cedars may be up to 2000 years old. Understanding regeneration patterns in the MH zone has become increasingly important as logging continues towards higher elevations of the zone where snowpacks are deeper.
Affiliation: Forestry, Faculty ofForest Sciences, Department of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/685
Peer Review Status: Reviewed

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