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Forests of Northwestern California

John O. Sawyer

in Terrestrial Vegetation of California, 3rd Edition

Published by University of California Press

Published in print July 2007 | ISBN: 9780520249554
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933361 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520249554.003.0010
Forests of Northwestern California

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Northwestern California has amassed its diverse flora over a long period of time, and from many sources. This chapter focuses on the classification and ecological dynamics of Northwestern forests. Northwestern California's forests are comprised of 100 tree species, 39 conifers, 22 oaks, and 26 currents and gooseberries among a vascular flora of 3,540 taxa. The chapter discusses conifer forests and reasons why they have limited ranges; forests in low-elevation, montane, and subalpine belts; and terrain and forests of the Klamath Mountains and the North Coast. It also looks at conservation and restoration efforts, and areas for future research.

Keywords: Northwestern California; tree species; conifers; oaks; currents; gooseberries; montane; subalpine; Klamath Mountains; North Coast

Chapter.  26782 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Plant Sciences and Forestry

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