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The ecology of the coastal western hemlock zone

Author(s) or contact(s): BC Ministry of Forests
Source: Research Branch
Subject: Ecology
Series: Brochure
Other details:  Published 1995. Hardcopy is available.


A warm, moist Pacific wind pushes a blanket of lead-grey clouds onto the coast. Mist and low cloud sift through treetops and over steep coastal mountains. Fine drizzle filters down through a towering forest canopy into thick underbrush. This is one of Canada's wettest climates and most productive forest areas. This is the Coastal Western Hemlock Zone.

The Coastal Western Hemlock Zone stretches in a broad swath along the province's entire coast. The zone covers most lower elevations west of the Coast Mountains, from the very wet and exposed outer coast to drier and more sheltered areas of the inner coast. The zone also extends east of the Coast Mountains along major river valleys.

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Updated October 16, 2008