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)

Picea X lutzii/Alnus crispa ssp. sinuata-Menziesia ferruginea

(Lutz spruce/Sitka alder-rusty menziesia)


IA1.-IA2. Closed and open needleleaf forest

Vegetation- Sites are dominated by Picea X lutzii (Lutz spruce), with Betula

papyrifera (paper birch) as a consistent minor associate. Alnus crispa ssp.

sinuata (Sitka alder) and Menziesia ferruginea (rusty menziesia) are well


represented and dominate the tall shrub layer. Other shrubs with high

constancy but low cover include Rosa acicularis (prickly rose), Vaccinium

ovalifolium (early blueberry), Viburnum edule (highbush cranberry), Linnaea

borealis (twinflower), and Vaccinium vitis-idaea (lowbush cranberry).

Dominant herbaceous species are Cornus canadensis (bunchberry), Rubus

pedatus (fiveleaf bramble), and Equisetum sp. (horsetail). Other species in

the undergrowth with high constancy but low cover include Pyrola sp.

(wintergreen), Gymnocarpium dryopteris (oak fern), and Lycopodium clavatum

(running clubmoss).

Physical setting- Lutz spruce/Sitka alder-rusty menziesia is a minor type in

the Kenai Mountains. Sufficient site data are not available at this time.

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03 November 2006 12:13