The Lunate Creek ICH study area (53O 50' N, 121O 28' W) is located approximately 100 km east of Prince George and 110 km west of McBride BC on the southern flank of the Rocky Mountain Trench, just east of the Hungary Creek drainage. The site is on a north-facing slope in the very wet cool subzone of the Interior Cedar-Hemlock zone (ICHvk), at an elevation of 950-1200 m. Slopes range from 25 to 45%.
The pre-harvest stand at Lunate Creek was dominated by western redcedar (Thuja plicata), with minor components of western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla), hybrid spruce (Picea glauca x engelmannii) and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa). Important understorey species included Oplopanax horridus in the shrub layer and Gymnocarpium dryopteris, Tiarella trifoliata, Cornus canadensis, and Athyrium filix-femina in the herb layer. The bryophyte layer was dominated by the mosses Rhizomnium glabrescens and Hylocomium splendens. The lower portion of the tree canopy supported Lobaria pulmonaria and a variety of cyanolichen species. Stand age is unknown, but it is apparently very old.
Treatments at Lunate Creek include clearcut, group selection, group retention, and unlogged control. The site was harvested in January-March 2001.
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