Clearcuts & sustainability
larryc at teleport.com
Wed Oct 21 03:54:28 EST 1998
In article <70jhlk$4i3 at bronco.pgroup.com>, jrm at pgroup.com says...
> I could have sworn that a true climax forest was made up of western
> red cedar, not Doug Fir.
In the PNW, yes. Cedar and Spruce are the climax species on the west
slope. I think Susan is mistaking spruce for fir. It's fairly common to
see spruce logs sprouting where they fall.
The term "climax" is open to interpretation, too. The long dry summers
in the PNW lead to a fire subclimax, which clears out the land and allows
Douglas fir to propagate. That's why you find most of the true climax
forests on the west slope of the coast range, where it's wet enough that
forest fires have trouble getting started.
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