Old-growth forests of the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Peter L. Achuff
Publication Year: 1989

Cataloging Information

  • Abies lasiocarpa
  • Alberta
  • Antennaria lantana
  • Arctostaphylos uva-ursi
  • bark
  • bibliographies
  • biogeography
  • British Columbia
  • Canada
  • Cassiope mertensiana
  • Cassiope tetragona
  • coniferous forests
  • conservation
  • dominance (ecology)
  • Elymus innovatus
  • Empetrum nigrum
  • fire adaptations (plants)
  • fire frequency
  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • forest management
  • habitat types
  • hardwoods
  • herbaceous vegetation
  • Hylocomium splendens
  • Idaho
  • Juniperus communis
  • lakes
  • land management
  • Larix lyallii
  • Ledum groenlandicum
  • lichens
  • Luzula
  • Menziesia ferruginea
  • mesic soils
  • moisture
  • Montana
  • montane forests
  • mountainous terrain
  • national forests
  • national parks
  • old growth forests
  • organic soils
  • Phyllodoce glanduliflora
  • Picea engelmannii
  • Picea glauca
  • Pinus albicaulis
  • Pinus flexilis
  • plant communities
  • Pleurozium schreberi
  • post fire recovery
  • Pseudotsuga menziesii
  • runoff
  • Salix vestita
  • Shepherdia canadensis
  • shrubs
  • sloping terrain
  • soils
  • species diversity (plants)
  • subalpine forests
  • succession
  • Thuja plicata
  • topography
  • understory vegetation
  • Utah
  • Vaccinium membranaceum
  • Vaccinium ovalifolium
  • Vaccinium scoparium
  • Vaccinium vitis-idaea
  • vegetation surveys
  • Washington
  • watershed management
  • watersheds
  • wilderness areas
  • Wyoming
  • xeric soils
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Record Last Modified: February 12, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 29269
Tall Timbers Record Number: 3194
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TTRS Call Number: Journals-N
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The Canadian Rocky Mountain national parks comprise Waterton Lakes, Banff, and Jasper national parks in Alberta, and Kootenay and Yoho national parks in British Columbia. The forested landscape is divided into montane and subalpine ecoregions (zones) based primarily of forest community physiognomy and composition. Both north-south and east-west climatic and floristic gradients affect the forests. Environmental, community, and geographical attributes of major forest categories are described for montane (Douglas-fir, limber pine, white spruce, western redcedar), lower subalpine (Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir), and upper subalpine (Engelmann spruce-subalpine fir, whitebark pine, subalpine larch) old-growth forests. © Natural Areas Association. Abstract reproduced by permission. Further information Email:

Online Link(s):
Achuff, P. L. 1989. Old-growth forests of the Canadian Rocky Mountain National Parks. Natural Areas Journal, v. 9, no. 1, p. 12-26.