Subalpine parkland

Reflecting maritime forests in terms of high moisture and low frequency and intensity of wildfires, subalpine parkland occurs throughout the highest reaches of the Columbia Highlands. Beargrass, kinnikinnick and heather surround the islands of weather-battered Subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine and whitebark pine.

Slow growth rates in these harsh conditions mean disturbances such as logging can have lasting effects.


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