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 sitchensis/Vaccinium ovalifolium
(Sitka spruce/early blueberry)
(PICSIT/VACOVA; 5 sites)
IA1a. Closed needleleaf forest, Sitka spruce
Vegetation-Picea sitchensis (Sitka spruce) dominates the tree layer with
Tsuga heterophylla(western hemlock) often occurring as a minor associate.
Vaccinium ovalifolium(early blueberry) is the most constant and abundant
shrub.Rubus spectabilis (salmonberry), Echinopanax horridum (devilís club),
andAlnus crispa ssp. sinuata (Sitka alder) may be common associated tall
shrubs. Low and dwarf shrubs are absent. Undergrowth species with high
constancy but low cover includeRubus pedatus (fiveleaf bramble), Cornus
canadensis(bunchberry), Tiarella trifoliata (foamflower), Lycopodium
annotinum(stiff clubmoss), and Streptopus amplexifolius (twistedstalk).
Physical setting- Sitka spruce/early blueberry is a minor type that has been
sampled on beaches and flood plains. It occurs on flat to nearly flat
surfaces at less than 50 feet elevation.
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