Canadian Forest Service Publications
Field guide to ecosites of southwestern Alberta (paperback). 1996. Archibald, J.H.; Klappstein, G.D.; Corns, I.G.W. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Northwest Region, Northern Forestry Centre, Edmonton, Alberta. Special Report 8. 492 p.
Issued by: Northern Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 11570
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An ecological classification system was developed for southwestern Alberta through the analysis of vegetation, soil, site, and forest productivity information. The hierarchical classification system has three levels—ecosite, ecosite phase, and plant community type. Thirty-seven ecosites are described with further detail provided by subdivision into ecosite phase and plant community type. A soil type classification system that describes 17 soil types was also developed. Management interpretations were made for drought, excess moisture, soil rutting hazard, soil compaction hazard, puddling hazard, soil erosion hazard, frost heave hazard, soil temperature limitations, vegetation competition, and windthrow hazard. Color photos and drawings are presented for 112 common plants of southwestern Alberta. An index listing common and scientific names of illustrated plants is included. Keys to ecological variables, definitions of soil horizon designations, and a glossary are also included.
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Field guide to ecosites of southwestern Alberta (binder). (English)