baumzaehlen - Primeval Forests & Their Trees

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Glacier National Park , British Columbia, Canada - Beaver Valley

Large areas in the park are covered by rock, ice, alpine meadows and subalpine parkland. However, the forests in Beaver Valley are classified as ”Inland Rainforest” or ”Columbian Forest”, an interesting mixture of the coastal rainforests and the forests of the Canadian Rockies. On the valley bottom (elevation 950-1100 metres) the forest is composed mainly of four tree species, two of which - Opens internal link in current window Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) and Opens internal link in current window Thuja plicata (western redcedar) - are also components of the coastal forests, and the other two - Opens internal link in current window Picea engelmannii × Opens internal link in current window glauca (Engelmann × white Spruce) and Opens internal link in current window Abies lasiocarpa (subalpine fir) - occur in the Rockies. Picea is the tallest tree here. The stoutest is Thuja although it does not become as large here as nearer the coast. Tree species diversity is low and most species are easy to identify.

Camping outside the designated areas is permitted beyond 5 km from pavement. The spiny shrub Oplopanax horridus (devil’s club) is abundant, making off-trail hiking rather difficult.

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Thuja plicata (western redcedar) forest (elev. 1025 m), with small Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) left centre.
From the left: dead Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock), two T. heterophylla , Thuja plicata (western redcedar), big T. plicata , dead Abies lasiocarpa (subalpine fir), T. plicata (elev. 1025 m).
Polypores on dead Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock).
Thuja plicata (western redcedar).
Thuja plicata (western redcedar) grove (elev. 1000 m).
Tsuga heterophylla (western hemlock) stand. Centre background, one Thuja plicata (western redcedar) (elev. 1050 m).
Picea engelmannii × glauca forest (elev. 1050 m) with one Abies lasiocarpa (subalpine fir, very narrow crown) on left.
Abies lasiocarpa (subalpine fir). Also Thuja plicata (western redcedar), background left.
Pinus monticola (western white pine).
Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar). Behind it: Abies lasiocarpa (subalpine fir).
Acer glabrum var. douglasii (Douglas maple).
Beaver River, elev. 1060 m. Picea engelmannii × glauca - Abies lasiocarpa (subalpine fir) forest. On banks, Alnus viridis subsp. sinuata (Sitka alder) shrubs.