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Western Redcedar and Slough Sedge

Coniferous Swamp Forest [Blue-Listed] This striking sedge dominated association usually exists somewhere between a true wetland and a wet forest. The dense cover of slough sedge provides excellent habitat for a wide range of insects, snails and even red-legged frogs. While scattered pockets exist on Salt Spring Island,


Western Redcedar and Sword Fern

Moist Coniferous Forest [Blue-Listed] Although neither cedar or sword fern is particularly uncommon on their own, there are only a limited number of sites where the two grow together in any abundance. Notable examples of these moist forests can be found on Salt Spring at Manzanita ridge, Burgoyne Bay


Western Redcedar, Douglas-fir and Oregon Beaked-moss

Moist Coniferous Forest [Red-Listed] Moist forests with cedar and Douglas-fir occur at scattered sites all around Salt Spring but there are only a few patches with mature trees and a well-developed moss layer. With two highly valued trees, the majority of these forest have been reduced by a long


Western Redcedar and Vanilla-leaf

Moist Coniferous Forest [Red-Listed] This ecological community occurs on nutrient rich flats along rivers and in humid valley bottoms. Often both grand fir and bigleaf maple occur intermixed and nearby. Because this association usually grows on relatively level ground with rich soil and abundant moisture, much of this habitat


Western Redcedar and Indian Plum

Moist Coniferous Forest [Red-Listed] This ecological community occupies valley bottoms along creeks and rivers. Usually there’s a closed forest canopy with western redcedar, bigleaf maple, and occasional grand fir. The shrub layer is dominated by Indian-plum and to a lesser extent snowberry or salmonberry, depending on how wet it


Western Redcedar and Salmonberry

Moist Coniferous Forest [Red-Listed] Salmonberry thickets usually grow along creeks and wetland fringes where there is enough light filtering through to sustain them losartan potassium 100mg. Cedar trees may grow along the edges, along with stands of alder and the occasional grand fir. In the wettest spots there is


Western Redcedar and Snowberry

Moist Mixed Forest [Red-Listed] Although traditionally thought of as a floodplain community, the cedar and snowberry association can occur along creeks with nutrient rich soils and a seasonally fluctuating water table. Grand-fir, indian plum, alder, and maple all often grow variously intermixed and along the edges. Growing on Salt


Western Redcedar and Three-leaved Foam Flower

Moist Coniferous forest [Blue-Listed] This valley bottom association forms on soils that are thick and rich, where moisture is abundant. Scattered grand fir occur along with sword fern, western starflower and vanilla leaf. A near closed canopy shades out most of the shrub layer and leads to a diverse


Western Redcedar, Sword Fern and Skunk Cabbage

Wet Coniferous forest [Blue-Listed] Slighty drier and more densely forested that the alder association, skunk cabbage also grows with cedar and sword fern in what is frequently a more mature wet forest community. On Salt Spring this is actually the more uncommon of the two. There are some excellent


Red Alder and Skunk Cabbage

Wetland Swamp [Red-Listed] Most times, you’ll smell these skunk cabbage swamps well before seeing them. Many examples exist around the island but some of the best ones are along the road between Fulford and Ganges. They provide excellent habitat for all manner of invertebrates, amphibians and even small mammals.