Forest Mélange

James K. Agee

in Steward's Fork

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780520251250
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933798 | DOI:
Forest Mélange

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This chapter focuses on the forests of the Klamath Mountains. It first discusses the factors influencing vegetation and then discusses the life-zone concept, which explains the distribution of vegetation in the Klamaths. The chapter describes the two most common zonal-classification systems: cover type, or the current dominant vegetation; and potential vegetation, or the vegetation that would dominate in the absence of disturbance. It also explains the use of the concept of potential vegetation to project forest change over time.

Keywords: forests; Klamath Mountains; vegetation; life-zone concept; zonal-classification systems; cover type; potential vegetation

Chapter.  4041 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biodiversity and Conservation Biology

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