Black spruce fuel weights and biomass in two Interior Alaska stands
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): Richard J. Barney; Keith Van Cleve
Publication Year: 1973

Cataloging Information

  • biomass
  • black spruce
  • coniferous forests
  • fuel loading
  • fuel weights
  • herbaceous
  • interior Alaska
  • moss
  • Picea mariana
  • vegetation biomass
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 3517
Tall Timbers Record Number: 5048
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-C
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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This study reports the fuel weight and biomass distribution in a 51-year-old lowland and 55-year-old upland black spruce (Picea mariana [Mill.] B.S.P.) stand in interior Alaska. Biomass distribution is shown for overstory, stand and down dead tree components, herbaceous understory, and the moss layer. The lowland stand contained over 11 000 stems/acre (27 170 stems/ha) and 82ft^2 of basal area pre acre (18.8m^2 of basal area per hectare), and the upland stand contained 6000 stems/acre (14 820 stems/ha) and 96 ft^2 of basal area per acre (22.0 m^2 of basal area per hectare). Moss layers contributed 54.6 and 45.5 t/acre (120.1 and 100.1 metric t/ha) to biomass totals in the lowland and upland sites, respectively. Total biomass was 64.7 t/acre (142.3 metric t/ha) in the lowland site and 58.0 t/acre (1127.6 metric t/ha) in the upland site.

Online Link(s):
Barney, Richard J.; Van Cleve, Keith. 1973. Black spruce fuel weights and biomass in two Interior Alaska stands. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 3(2):304-311.