Abstract for CNVC00035


Tsuga heterophylla - Abies amabilis / Vaccinium alaskaense / Rubus pedatus / Rhytidiopsis robusta

Western Hemlock - Pacific Silver Fir / Alaskan Blueberry / Five-leaved Dwarf Bramble / Pipecleaner Moss
Pruche de l'Ouest - Sapin gracieux / Airelle d'Alaska / Ronce à feuilles pédatifides / Rhytidiopsis robuste

This Pacific coastal coniferous forest association occurs on mesic and moist, nutritionally poor to medium soils within a transitional coast / interior climatic regime. CNVC00035 covers a wide elevation range from near sea level to approximately 1300 mASL. This productive association normally has a well-developed, multi-layer canopy dominated by western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) and Pacific silver fir (Abies amabilis). The ericaceous shrub layer features Alaskan blueberry (Vaccinium alaskaense), oval-leaved blueberry (V. ovalifolium) and false azalea (Menziesia ferruginea). Bunchberry (Cornus canadensis) and five-leaved dwarf bramble (Rubus pedatus) are the most consistent herb layer species. The moss layer is mainly lanky moss (Rhytidiadelphus loreus), stairstep moss (Hylocomium splendens) and pipecleaner moss (Rhytidiopsis robusta). Stand replacement is generally gradual through gap-phase processes resulting in old, structurally complex uneven-aged forests