The Minnow Creek study area (53O 28' N, 120O 18' W) is located south of the East Twin drainage, approximately 32 km north-west of McBride, BC. The site is in the wet cool Interior Cedar-Hemlock subzone (ICHwk), at an elevation of 1050-1200 m. The aspect is southwest, and slopes range from 15 to 45%.
The pre-harvest forest canopy was dominated by western redcedar (Thuja plicata), with significant components of hybrid spruce (Picea glauca x engelmannii) and subalpine fir (Abies lasiocarpa), and occasional western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla). Important understorey species included Oplopanax horridus and Menziesia ferruginea 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 Ptilium crista-castrensis and Rhizomnium glabrescens. Stand age was estimated at 300-350 years.
Treatments at Minnow Creek include clearcut, group selection, group retention, and unlogged control. The site was harvested in January-February 2001.
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