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Vegetation relationships among some seral ecosystems in southwestern British Columbia






Canadian Journal of Forest Research 15(3): 561-569

Vegetation relationships among some seral ecosystems in southwestern British Columbia

A new classification scheme is proposed for managed-2nd growth forests, which is based upon ecologically equivalvent sites rather than purely floristic or structural characteristics of vegetation. For demonstration purposes, 6 structural (developmental) stages were sampled and classified. The seral stages, listed in increasing age after harvesting are as follows; initial, regeneration, early immature, late immature, mature and old growth. The results of numerical and tabular analyses suggested the presence of major fluoristic groups (seral associations) of the above seral stages: Epilobium-Polytrichum (initial and regeneration seral stages) and Pseudotsuga-Hylocomium (early immature to old growth seral stages). The Epilobium-Polyrichum seral association was found to represent seral vegetation of regeneration stages on 4 different site types, all of which are common in southwestern British Columbia.

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Accession: 001507106

DOI: 10.1139/x85-092



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