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A Guide to Site Identification and Interpretation for the Kamloops Forest Region

Author(s) or contact(s): D.A. Lloyd, K. Angove, G.D. Hope, and C. Thompson
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Ecosystems
Series: Land Management Handbook
Other details:  Published 1990. Hardcopy is available.


The field guide has eight sections. The introduction is followed by a summary of the concepts, principals, and structure of BEC (Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification). Methods are outlined for identifying biogeoclimatic site units. The biogeoclimatic section contains overviews and diagnostic keys, plus tables summarizing the vegetation, environment, climate and forest productivity, of most Kamloops Forest Region biogeoclimatic units. To assist users in identifying site units, 6 pages are presented for each subzone and variant. These pages include: an overview, edatopic grid, mesoslope diagram, vegetation table, environment table, and dichotomous key. The interpretation section contains stocking standards, guidelines for assessing site sensitivity to slashburning, tables summarizing the occurrence of forest pests, and a table of recommended forage seed mixes. The appendices include: classification conversion tables, an indicator species list, and keys for determining soil textures, humus forms, landforms, bedrock geology, soil development, and soil moisture and nutrient regimes.

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