Abstract for CNVC00248


Pinus banksiana (Picea mariana) / Vaccinium myrtilloides / Pleurozium schreberi

Jack Pine (Black Spruce) / Velvet-leaved Blueberry / Red-stemmed Feathermoss
Pin gris (Épinette noire) / Bleuet fausse-myrtille / Pleurozie dorée

CNVC00248 is a boreal coniferous forest Association that ranges from Saskatchewan to Ontario. It has an open to closed canopy of jack pine (Pinus banksiana), often with a minor component of black spruce (Picea mariana). The moderately developed shrub layer typically includes velvet-leaved blueberry (Vaccinium myrtilloides), usually with regenerating black spruce. The herb and dwarf shrub layer is sparse; lingonberry (V. vitis-idaea) is the only common species. A well-developed moss layer dominated by red-stemmed feathermoss (Pleurozium schreberi) further characterizes this Association. CNVC00248 occurs on dry to mesic, nutrient-poor to medium sites in a region with a subhumid continental boreal climate. It is an early seral condition with dynamics that are driven by fire.