Canadian Forest Service Publications
Twenty-year assessment of four tree species planted in the mountain hemlock zone of coastal British Columbia. 2003. Burgess, D.M.; Mitchell, A.K.; Goodmanson, G. The Forestry Chronicle 79(2): 280-284.
Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre
Catalog ID: 21538
Concerns about low seedling survival and poor growth in plantations in montane areas resulted in a study to assess the field performance of amabilis fir (Abies amabilis (Dougl. Ex Loud) Dougl. Ex J. Forbes), noble fir (Abies procera Rehd.), yellow cedar (Chamaecyparis nootkatensis (D.Don) Spach) and mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana (Bong.) Carrière). Seedlings were planted on six sites within the Mountain Hemlock zone of coastal British Columbia. The most recent results, based on a field assessment completed 20 years after the study was started, are presented. Little variation was noted among seedling stock types or between fall and spring planting. Seedling survival was greater than 78% for all four species. Although the sites were initially considered similar, large differences in productivity and species response on the six sites are not evident.