Beautiful path in a forest during a vibrant summer day. Taken in Raft Cove Provincial Park, Northern Vancouver Island, BC, Canada.

9. Landscape Units of the Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District

BEC zones and subzones help us identify broadly defined ecosystems and plant communities but the scale is still too large for us to answer our big questions about how much protection is needed and which lands to protect.

In order to better manage for biodiversity, Natural Resource Districts were broken up into Landscape Units (LUs).

There are 25 LUs in the SCNRD. Wherever possible, they have natural height of land boundaries. Our task is to protect biodiversity in each LU.

Landscape Units in Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District
Landscape Units in Sunshine Coast Natural Resource District

Below are some pictures to help get a feel for what a Landscape Unit (abbreviation LU) is.

Click the first photograph to start a slide show, which includes descriptions of what you are seeing in each photo.

View from Mt Steele
View from Mt Steele

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Glossary of Terms

Biomass: refers to the total amount of organic matter (i.e., anything that comes from plants and animals). 

Biogeoclimatic (BEC) Zone: the classification system used to identify an area based on the dominant type of vegetation, climate, and soil characteristics at its climax 

Climax Old-Growth: the final stage of a forest stand when left undisturbed by humans 

Biogeoclimatic Zone Abbreviations

  • AT: Alpine Tundra
  • BG: Bunchgrass
  • BWBS: Boreal White and Black Spruce
  • CDF: Coastal Douglas-Fir
  • CWH: Coastal Western Hemlock
  • ESSF: Engelmann Spruce - Subalpine Fir
  • ICH: Interior Cedar - Hemlock
  • IDF: Interior Douglas-Fir
  • MH: Mountain Hemlock
  • MS: Montane Spruce
  • PP: Ponderosa Pine
  • SBPS: Sub-Boreal Pine - Spruce
  • SBS: Sub-Boreal Spruce
  • SWB: Spruce - Willow - Birch

Landscape Units of the SCNRD

  • Bishop
  • Brem
  • Brittain
  • Bunster
  • Bute East
  • Bute West
  • Chapman
  • Cortes
  • Haslam
  • Homathko
  • Homfray
  • Howe
  • Jervis
  • Lois
  • Narrows
  • Quatam

Biogeoclimatic Subzone Codes

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