Wetland Classification and Mapping of Seward, Alaska



Map Unit Descriptions


Ecosystem: Discharge Slope


Map Component: SA


Seward Area Extent: 1 wetland polygon; 0.9 acres

[no picture available]

Wetland Indicators

Type: Mineral soil

Depth to water table: 10 cm on 29 July 2006

Organic layer thickness: 112 cm

Dpth to redoximorphic features: n/a

Soil: Terric Cryosaprist

Plant communities:

Sitka alder - devil's club (Alnus viridis ssp. sinuata - Oplopanax horridus)

Sitka sedge (Carex sitchensis)

Mountain hemlock / rusty menziesia - early blueberry (Tsuga mertensiana / Menziesia ferruginea - Vaccinium ovalifolium)

Bluejoint reedgrass - field horsetail (Calamagrostis canadensis - Equisetum arvense)



HGM: Terrene Slope Throughflow

A single diverse wetland was mapped as SA, a discharge slope dominated by alders.  The wetland lies along a slope, where shllow groundwater discharges to near the surface, north of Bear Lake.  A little over half of the wetland is a wet forest with alder and devil's club openings along the slope.   The other smaller portion is a flat peatland at the top of the slope.


Do I Need a Permit?

 Introduction and Key to Plant Communities  

Introduction and Key to Ecosystems

    Kenai Hydric Soils    Map Unit Summary    Methods    Glossary



Contact: Mike Gracz
Kenai Watershed Forum 
Homer Field Office
Old Town Professional Center
3430 Main Street Suite B1
Homer, AK  99603

12 February 2007 15:28