Early stand-level assessment of forest harvesting in western boreal peatlands
Approximately 20% of Canada’s boreal region is covered by wetlands. Most of these are peatlands, which are defined as wetlands with at least 40 cm of moss and sedge-dominated organic soil. Commonly known as ‘muskeg’, boreal peatlands are comprised of bogs, fens, and conifer swamps. Recent studies in Canada’s western boreal region have shown that the greatest overall species diversity and number of rare bryophytes (mosses, liverworts, and hornworts) and vascular plants occurs in wooded peatlands. This is particularly true for wooded moderate-rich fens and black spruce swamps. Most species of rare vascular plants in peatlands are orchids or sedges. Less is known of rare bryophytes.
Locky, D. A. (2009). Early stand-level assessment of forest harvesting in western boreal peatlands: Management and research implications. Sustainable Forest Management Research Network Note Series, 57. Retrieved from http://www.sfmn.ales.ualberta.ca
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