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)
Tsuga mertensiana/Vaccinium ovalifolium-Menziesia ferruginea
(mountain hemlock/early blueberry-rusty menziesia)
(TSUMER/VACOVA-MENFER; 6 sites)
IA1f. Closed needleleaf forest, mountain hemlock
A mountain hemlock / rusty menziesia - early blueberry stand below a sloping peatland on the 800' bench above Fourth of July Creek.
Vegetation-Tsuga mertensiana (mountain hemlock) dominates the tree
layer.Picea X lutzii (Lutz spruce) is an important associated species in the
Kenai Mountains.Vaccinium ovalifolium (early blueberry) and Menziesia
ferruginea(rusty menziesia) are abundant and indicator species in the tall
shrub layer. Low and dwarf shrub composition is variable. Other species
occurring frequently in the undergrowth includeCornus canadensis
(bunchberry) andRubus pedatus (fiveleaf bramble).
Physical setting- Mountain hemlock/early blueberry-rusty menziesia is a
minor type in the Kenai Mountains. This type occurs on dissected and non90
disturbed mountain side slopes, non-disturbed foot slopes, and low relief
hills. Sites sampled are on all but southerly aspects, on slopes from 30 to 70
percent, and at elevations to 1600 feet.
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