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Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification Demo
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Indicator Plants Plants growing at a site can be used to indirectly measure SMR and SNR Premise: plant species have characteristic amplitudes in relation environmental factors Species that grow best on defined amplitude of sites are indicators of those specific qualities Plant analysis complements the site/soil analysis during site classification in the field
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Occurs across a wide range of sites / indicator values Global Indicator Local Indicator Restricted to a narrow range of sites/indicator values fireweed: mineral soil + light salal: cool mesothermal climates and acidic soils Indicator Plants
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Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification 5 objectives of ecosystem classification program: 1. Characterize, describe and map BEC units 2. Characterize and describe major ecosystems in units 3. Provide field guides for biogeoclimatic and site units 4. Develop management interpretations for units 5. Promote the ecosystem at the fundamental unit of resource management
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