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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 sitchensis/Salix barclayi

(Sitka spruce/Barclay willow)

(PICSIT/SALBAR; 5 sites)

IA1a.-IA2a.-IA3b. Closed and open needleleaf forest-Needleleaf woodland,

Sitka spruce


Vegetation- Picea sitchensis (Sitka spruce) dominates the tree layer with

Populus balsamifera ssp. trichocarpa (black cottonwood) occasionally present.

Salix barclayi (Barclay willow) is abundant in the shrub layer. Other willow

species reported in this type include S. commutata (undergreen willow), S.

hookeriana (Hooker willow), and S. sitchensis (Sitka willow). Alnus crispa ssp.

sinuata (Sitka alder) and Myrica gale (sweetgale) may also occur in the tall

shrub layer. Low and dwarf shrubs are essentially absent. Herbaceous

species with fairly high constancy include Pyrola asarifolia (liverleaf

wintergreen), Rubus arcticus (nagoonberry), Calamagrostis canadensis

(bluejoint reedgrass), Carex sp. (sedge), and Equisetum sp. (horsetail). Forb

representation is inconsistent throughout the type.

Physical setting- Physical setting information is not available at this time.


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03 November 2006 12:13