Characterization of the Most Productive Ecosystems for the Growth of Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii in Southwestern British Columbia. Intensive management will yield a greater return in a shorter time if practiced on highly productive instead of on poorer forest ecosystems. Presently, the stands on many of these highly productive forest ecosystems are unmanaged. This is a serious omission in light of the impending fibre shortfall in the Vancouver Forest Region. Thus, forest ecosystems with the potential for the most productive growth of the major commercial tree species in the Region have been sampled. The objectives were to classify and describe them so they are easily identified by forest practitioners, and to provide a base of data on vegetation and soils for use in making comparisons with other forest ecosystems. For example, comparisons of soil physical and chemical properties can be useful for making interpretations regarding such things as tree species selection, site preparation, and management regime.
In Land Management Report No.6 (1980), some aspects of the ecology and silviculture of the most productive ecosystems for growth of Douglas-fir in southwestern British Columbia were discussed. This report was intended for a general audience and was not encumbered with a detailed presentation of data nor its analysis. For those interested in these details, the Supplement to Land Management Report No.6 was written.
Detailed vegetation and soils data are presented for 10 sample plots from the most productive ecosystems for Douglas-fir in southern coastal British Columbia. These ecosystems were all in the drier maritime subzone of the Coastal Western Hemlock Biogeoclimatic Zone. The climatic characteristics of this subzone are presented. Management recommendations for these ecosystems include pre-harvest assessment, post harvest treatment and species selection.
Copies of the supplement to Land Management Report No.6, "Characterization of the Most Productive Ecosystems for the Growth of Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii in Southwestern British Columbia" by K. Klinka, M.C. Feller and L.E. Lowe, are available from; Research Section, B.C. Ministry of Forests, 355 Burrard St., Vancouver, B.C. V6C 2Hl.
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BC Forest Service - Research Division. 1981. Characterization of the Most Productive Ecosystems for the Growth of Pseudotsuga menziesii var. menziesii in Southwestern British Columbia. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Research Memo (FLNRORD). RM46
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
Keywords: FLNRORD, Research Memo, British Columbia
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