Wetland Classification and Mapping of Seward, Alaska



Map Unit Descriptions


Ecosystem: Kettle


Map Component: K4


Seward Area Extent: 12 wetland polygons; 25.0 acres

A small opening in a mountain hemlock-dominated K4 wetland on the large rock drumlin northeast of Seward.


Wetland Indicators

Type: Peat

Average depth to water table: 44 cm

Organic layer thickness: 105 cm

Average depth to redoximorphic features: n/a

Common Soils: Typic Cryosaprists, Fluvaqeuntic Cryohemists, Typic Cryaquods (Histic)

Common Plant communities:

Mountain hemlock - Sitka spruce / early blueberry (Tsuga mertensiana - Picea sitchensis / Vaccinium ovalifolium)

Sitka spruce / field horsetail (Picea sitchensis / Equisetum arvense)

Mountain hemlock / Sitka alder (Tsuga mertensiana / Alnus viridis ssp. sinuata)



HGM: Terrene Basin groundwater-dominated Throughflow (headwater)


K4 is the forested Kettle Ecosystem wetland component with a deeper water table.  Kettle Ecosystem wetlands are connected through other wetlands to streams and eventually Resurrection Bay.  Around Seward, K4 wetlands are found on the large rock drumlin northeast of town, and in other ice-scoured bedrock low spots, especially near the South Fork of the Snow River.  K4 Kettle components are most often found with other wetland components, especially K3 the shrubby component, in small peatland complexes.



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12 February 2007 15:20