A Guide to Plant Indicators of Moisture for Southeastern British Columbia, with Engineering Interpretations
Land Management Handbook Number 5).
This guide was prepared to help field personnel use plant indicators to recognize and evaluate soil moisture conditions. It relates a variety of plant species to a wide range of climatic and soil moisture conditions. By noting various site factors, including indicator species, field personnel can gain some insight into site specific moisture conditions, and thereby distinguish potentially sensitive sites from less sensitive ones, before committing themselves to what might be inappropriate management techniques.
A number of engineering interpretations are given in the handbook, most of which derive from climatic and soil moisture, soil texture, and slope. The interpretations are not meant to replace field expertise and on-site inspection but should be viewed as complementary to those.
The guide contains 156 indicator species, including vascular plants and bryophytes (mosses and liverworts), all of which are related to soil moisture status within respective biogeoclimatic subzones. Also included are glossaries of common plant and soil terms, a list of recommended plant identification guides, and an explanation of soil texture accompanied by a simple flow chart designed to facilitate the estimation of soil texture in the field.
The publication is available as both a "perfect bound" paper edition, and as a waterproof operational binder designed to fit conveniently in the front pocket of a cruiser's vest.
Copies of Land Management Handbook Number 5 can be obtained from:
Information Services Branch
B.C. Ministry of Forests
1450 Government Street
Victoria, B.C. V8W 3E7
[Abstract contains full text of memo.]
BC Forest Service - Research Division. 1982. A Guide to Plant Indicators of Moisture for Southeastern British Columbia, with Engineering Interpretations. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Research Memo (FLNRORD). RM54
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: FLNRORD, Research Memo, British Columbia
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