Seward Wetland Mapping Project


Chugach National Forest Plant Community Descriptions

From: R.L. DeVelice, C.J. Hubbard, K. Boggs, S. Boudreau, M. Potkin, T. Boucher and C. Wertheim.  1999.  Plant Community Types of the Chugach National Forest: southcentral Alaska.  USDA Forest Service, Chugach National Forest, Alaska Region Technical Publication R10-TP-76.  Anchorage, AK.  375pp. (download 3.5Mb .pdf)


Carex sitchensis

(Sitka sedge)

(CARSIT, 17 sites)

IIIA3f. Wet graminoid herbaceous, subarctic lowland sedge wet meadow

A Sitka sedge stand along the Seward Highway, adjacent to the Resurrection River.


Vegetation- Carex sitchensis (Sitka sedge) is well represented to abundant

and dominates this type. Equisetum fluviatile (swamp horsetail), Potentilla

palustris (marsh fivefinger), and Calamagrostis canadensis (bluejoint

reedgrass) may be well represented to abundant and strong codominants on

some sites. Further species composition is variable.

Physical setting- Sitka sedge is a major wetland type on the Copper River

Delta. It is incidental on the rest of the Chugach National Forest. It occurs

on flood plains, outwash plains, and raised tidal flats. Sites sampled are flat

surfaces at elevations to 100 feet.


Seward Wetland Mapping Project :
Contact: Mike Gracz
Kenai Watershed Forum 
Homer Field Office
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Homer, AK  99603
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03 November 2006 12:13