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Field Guide to Ecosites of West-Central Alberta

Canadian Forest Service
An ecological classification system was developed for west-centralAlberta through the analysis of vegetation, soil, site, and forestproductivity information. The hierarchical classification system hasthree levels - ecosite, ecosite phase and plant community type.Forty-four ecosites are described with further detail provided bysubdivision into ecosite and ecosite phase and plant community type. Asoil type classification system that describes 17 soil types was alsodeveloped. Management interpretations were made for drought, excessmoisture, soil rutting hazard, soil compaction hazard, puddling hazard,soil erosion hazard, frost heave hazard, soil temperature limitations,vegetation competition, and windthrow hazard. Colour photos anddrawings for 106 common plants of west-central Alberta are presented.An index listing common and scientific names of illustrated plants isincluded. Keys to ecological variables, definitions of soil horizondesignations, and a glossary are also included.

J.D. Beckingham is Professional Biologist,Geographics Dynamics Corporation, Edmonton AB. I.G.W.Corns is Research Scientist, Canadian Forest Service,Northwest Region. J.H. Archibald is Manager,Ecological Classification, Alberta Environmental Protection, Land, andForest Service.

1. Introduction

2. Study Area Description

3. Approach to the Classification

4. System Overview

5. Application of the Classification System

6. How to Read the Fact Sheets

7. Ecosite and Ecosite Phase Fact Sheets for the Lower Foothills

8. Ecosite and Ecosite Phase Fact Sheets for the Upper Foothills

9. Ecosite and Ecosite Phase Fact Sheets for the Montane

10. Ecosite and Ecosite Phase Fact Sheets for the Subalpine

11. Soil Type Classification

12. Interpretations

13. Plant Recognition

14. Literature Cited

15. Glossary


Index of Common and Scientific Names of Illustrated Plants

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