Zone and Subzone Descriptions

Click on a BGC zone, or a subzone/variant/phase, to view relevant information from the Land Management Handbook series of field guides on site identification and interpretation of forest ecosystems.

BGC Zone
Subsone/variant/phase
Description
un
Undifferentiated
unp
Undifferentiated and Parkland
Okanagan Very Dry Hot
Thompson Very Dry Hot
Fraser Very Dry Hot
Nicola Very Dry Warm
Alkali Very Dry Warm
Liard Dry Cool
Peace Moist Warm
Fort Nelson Moist Warm
un
Undifferentiated
Very Wet Cool
Murray Wet Cool
Graham Wet Cool
Kledo Wet Cool
Moist Maritime
un
Undifferentiated
unp
Undifferentiated and Parkland
Dry Maritime
Southern Dry Submaritim
Central Dry Submaritime
Submontane Moist Maritime
Montane Moist Maritime
Southern Moist Submaritime
Central Moist Submaritime
un
Undifferentiated
Southern Very Wet Hypermaritime
Central Very Wet Hypermaritime
Very Wet Maritime
Submontane Very Wet Maritime
Montane Very Wet Maritime
vm3
Central Very Wet Maritime
Submontane Wet Hypermaritime
Montane Wet Hypermaritime
Wet Maritime
Submontane Wet Submaritime
Montane Wet Submaritime
Eastern Very Dry Maritime
Western Very Dry Maritime
dc1
Okanagan Dry Cold
South Thompson Dry Cold
North Thompson Dry Cold
dcp
Dry Cold Parkland
dcw
Dry Cold Woodland
dk1
Kootenay Dry Cool
dk2
Spillimacheen Dry Cool
dkp
Dry Cool Parkland
Dry Cool Woodland and Parkland
dkw
Dry Cool Woodland
Dry Mild
dmp
Dry Mild Parkland
dmw
Dry Mild Woodland
Dry Very Cold
Dry Very Cold – Dry phase
dvp
Dry Very Cold Parkland
dvw
Dry Very Cold Woodland
Moist Cold
Moist Cold Parkland
Moist Cool
Moist Cool Parkland
Raush Moist Mild
Robson Moist Mild
mmp
Moist Mild Parkland
mmw
Moist Mild Woodland
Nechako Moist Very Cold
Bullmoose Moist Very Cold
Omineca Moist Very Cold
Graham Moist Very Cold
mvp
Moist Very Cold Parkland
Moist Warm
Cascade Moist Warm
Stein Moist Warm
Moist Warm Parkland
mww
Moist Warm Woodland
vc
Very Wet Cold
Very Wet Cold Parkland
Very Wet Cold Woodland
Very Wet Very Cold
vvp
Very Wet Very Cold Parkland
Columbia Wet Cold
Northern Monashee Wet Cold
wc2w
Northern Monashee Wet Cold – Warm phase
Cariboo Wet Cold
Selkirk Wet Cold
wc5
Salmo Wet Cold
wc6
Ymir Wet Cold
wcp
Wet Cold Parkland
wcw
Wet Cold Woodland
Cariboo Wet Cool
Misinchinka Wet Cool
wkp
Wet Cool Parkland
Wet Mild
Wet Mild Parkland
Wet Mild Woodland and Parkland
wmw
Wet Mild Woodland
Wet Very Cold
Wet Very Cold Parkland
Very Dry Cold
Okanagan Very Dry Cold
Thompson Very Dry Cold
Pavillion Very Dry Cold
xcp
Very Dry Cold Parkland
xcw
Very Dry Cold Woodland
West Chilcotin Very Dry Very Cold
Big Creek Very Dry Very Cold
xvp
Very Dry Very Cold Parkland
xvw
Very Dry Very Cold Woodland
Dry Cool
Dry Mild
dw1
West Kootenay Dry Warm
dw2
Boundary Dry Warm
dw3
North Thompson Dry Warm
Nass Moist Cold
Nass Moist Cold – Amabilis fir phase
Hazelton Moist Cold
Kootenay Moist Cool
mk2
Thompson Moist Cool
Horsefly Moist Cool
Moist Mild
Golden Moist Warm
Shuswap Moist Warm
Thompson Moist Warm
mw4
Ymir Moist Warm
Very Wet Cold
Mica Very Wet Cool
Mica Very Wet Cool – Cold Air phase
Slim Very Wet Cool
Wet Cold
Wells Gray Wet Cool
wk1c
Wells Gray Wet Cool – Cold Air phase
Quesnel Wet Cool
Goat Wet Cool
Cariboo Wet Cool
Very Dry Warm
dc
Dry Cold
Thompson Dry Cool
dk1a
Thompson Dry Cool – Grassland phase
dk1b
Thompson Dry Cool – Steep South phase
Cascade Dry Cool
dk2a
Cascade Dry Cool – Grassland phase
dk2b
Cascade Dry Cool – Steep South phase
Fraser Dry Cool
Chilcotin Dry Cool
dm1
Kettle Dry Mild
Kootenay Dry Mild
dm2a
Kootenay Dry Mild – Moist phase
dm2n
Kootenay Dry Mild – Northern phase
Dry Warm
mw1
Shuswap Moist Warm
Thompson Moist Warm
mw2b
Thompson Moist Warm – Steep South phase
Undifferentiated
Wet Warm
ww1
Stein Wet Warm
xc
Very Dry Cold
Okanagan Very Dry Hot
xh1a
Okanagan Very Dry Hot – Grassland phase
xh2
Thompson Very Dry Hot
xh2a
Thompson Very Dry Hot – Grassland phase
xh4
Boundary Very Dry Hot
xk
Very Dry Cool
Very Dry Mild
Very Dry Warm
un
Undifferentiated
unp
Undifferentiated and Parkland
Windward Moist Maritime
Leeward Moist Maritime
Moist Maritime Parkland
un
Undifferentiated
Windward Wet Hypermaritime
Leeward Wet Hypermaritime
Wet Hypermaritime Parkland
Bridge Dry Cold
Bridge Dry Cold – Dry phase
Tatlayoko Dry Cold
Dry Cool
dm1
Okanagan Dry Mild
dm1a
Okanagan Dry Mild – Redcedar phase
South Thompson Dry Mild
North Thompson Dry Mild
North Thompson Dry Mild – Warm phase
Dry Very Cold
Cascade Moist Warm
Stein Moist Warm
un
Undifferentiated
Very Dry Cool
Similkameen Very Dry Cool
South Thompson Very Dry Cool
Pavillion Very Dry Cool
Very Dry Very Cold
Kettle Dry Hot
Kootenay Dry Hot
Okanagan Very Dry Hot
xh1a
Okanagan Very Dry Hot – Grassland phase
Thompson Very Dry Hot
xh2a
Thompson Very Dry Hot – Grassland phase
Dry Cold
Moist Cold
Moist Cool
Very Dry Cold
McLennan Dry Hot
Robson Dry Hot
Dry Cool
Horsefly Dry Warm
Blackwater Dry Warm
Stuart Dry Warm
Moffat Moist Cold
Babine Moist Cold
Kluskus Moist Cold
Moist Hot
Mossvale Moist Cool
Williston Moist Cool
Moist Mild
Moist Warm
un
Undifferentiated
Very Wet Cool
Willow Wet Cool
Finlay-Peace Wet Cool
Takla Wet Cool
Takla Wet Cool – Douglas-fir phase
dk
Dry Cool
dks
Dry Cool Scrub
Moist Cool
mks
Moist Cool Scrub
un
Undifferentiated
Very Wet Cool
vks
Very Wet Cool Scrub
Updated June 2007