In 1995 we initiated a project funded by Forest Renewal British Columbia (FRBC) to compare and contrast inland rain forests with their coastal counterparts. This project had 2 components: 1) to study similarities and differences in disturbance ecology and forest dynamics; and 2) to discern differential patterns of lichen and bryophyte diversity. This project evolved from earlier work on pattern and process in the coastal temperate rain forests (Arsenault 1995, Arsenault and Bradfield 1995), and on the distribution of rare macrolichen species (Goward 1994, 1996; Goward et al. 1994). We adopted a multiple-scale approach in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of rain forest dynamics and species distribution. The first author examined disturbance ecology and forest dynamics at 3 scales of ecosystem organization: 1) at a within-stand scale assessing gap-phase dynamics; 2) at a meso-scale using forest chronosequences to compare stands of different ages; and 3) at a landscape scale examining the distribution
Arsenault, André, Goward, Trevor. 1999. Ecological Characteristics of Inland Rain Forests (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 1
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: intermontane region, lichen, bryophyte, old growth, rain forest
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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