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Forest floor nutrient properties in single- and mixed-species stands of Western hemlock and Western redcedar

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Title: Forest floor nutrient properties in single- and mixed-species stands of Western hemlock and Western redcedar
Author: Klinka, Karel; Collins, D. Bradley; Montigny, Louise E. M. de; Feller, M. C. (Michael Charles); Chourmouzis, Christine
Subject Keywords Forest floor;Humus form;Mixed-species stands;Nutrient properties;Single-species stands;Site quality;Soil acidity;Soil nutrients;West coast hemlock;Western hemlock;Western redcedar;Carbon - nitrogen ratio;Calcium concentration
Issue Date: 2001
Publicly Available in cIRcle 2008-04-16
Publisher Forest Sciences Department, University of British Columbia
Series/Report no. Scientia Silvica extension series, 1209-952X, no. 34
Abstract: The influence of tree species on forest soils has been the subject of study for at least a century. Of particular interest have been western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla (Raf.) Sarg.) and western redcedar (Thuja plicata Donn ex D. Don) – two of the most common tree species in coastal and southern British Columbia, but each with a different nutrient amplitude. It has generally been found that acid, mycogeneous Mor humus forms develop in hemlock stands, while less acid and more zoogenous Mormoder, Moder, or even Mull humus forms develop in redcedar stands. The objective of this study was to determine the influence of hemlock and redcedar, growing separately and together, on forest floor nutrient properties. The questions addressed were: (1) does each stand type have unique forest floor nutrient properties? and (2) can any forest floor nutrient property discriminate between stand types?
Affiliation: Forest Sciences, Dept of
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2429/709
Peer Review Status: Peer-Reviewed

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