The Fleet Creek study area (53 30' N, 120 27' W) is located at 900-1040 m in the wet cool Interior Cedar-Hemlock subzone (ICHwk), about 40 km northwest of McBride, B.C. Slopes on this mesic to subhygric site range from 20 to 45%, and there is considerable seepage from upslope. Soils are silty loams. Coarse fragment content is about 15 to 45%, and rooting depths are generally 40 to 70 cm.
The 300- to 35-year-old pre-harvest stand was composed of about 70% western redcedar (Thuja plicata), with smaller components of western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), hybrid spruce (Picea glauca x engelmannii), and Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii). Common understory species were Vaccinium membranaceum, V. ovalifolium, Oplopanax horridus, and Menziesia ferruginea in the shrub layer and Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Athyrium filix-femina, Tiarella trifoliata, Cornus canadensis, and Aralia nudicaulis in the herb layer.
Group selection harvesting took place in February-March 1994.
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