The Bearpaw Ridge study site (54O 03' N, 121O 34') is located in the McGregor Mountains approximately 110 km east of Prince George BC. It is situated at 1200-1450 m on north-east facing sloping that ranges from 20 to 60%. It is in the wet cool subzone of the Engelmann Spruce-Subalpine Fir Zone (ESSFwk). It is located in an area zoned as "Caribou Medium", in which forestry practices must be consistent with maintaining habitat for mountain caribou.
The pre-harvest stand was a mix of Engelmann spruce (Picea engelmannii) and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa). The dominant shrub was Rhododendron albiflorum, while Valeriana sitchensis, Veratrum viride, Rubus pedatus, Tiarella trifoliata, Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Dryopteris expansa, and Athyrium filix-femina were important in the herb layer. Rhizomnium glabrescens and Brachythecium spp. dominated the bryophyte layer. Major epiphytes are Bryoria spp., Alectoria sarmentosa, and a variety of foliose lichens.
Four treatment units have been laid out at the Bearpaw Ridge site: 1-ha patch cuts, group selection, single-tree selection, and unlogged control. Harvesting has not yet taken place.
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