Aspects of Succession in the Coniferous Forests of the Pacific Northwest
Many forest phenomena achieve ultimate expression in the coniferous forests of coastal northwestern America. Coniferous species dominance is, in itself, unusual in a moist temperate region (Waring and Franklin 1979). Nearly every arboreal genus represented attains a size and life span at or near the generic maximum. Except for some Eucalyptus forests in Australia, biomass accumulations and leaf areas routinely exceed levels encountered in any other forest type. Accumulations of coarse woody debris are similarly large. Time scales are expanded by species longevity, infrequent disturbances, and relatively slow vegetative regrowth.
KeywordsCoarse Woody Debris Woody Debris Intolerant Species Climax Forest Climax Species
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