Biogeoclimatic Zones of BC
Biogeoclimatic Zones (or simply BEC Zones) are named for the dominant plant(s) of the climax old growth forest. For example, in the old growth Coastal Douglas Fir Zone (CDF), Douglas Fir dominates the canopy, regenerates under its canopy and provides a greater biomass than any other living thing.
In the Coastal Western Hemlock Zone (CWH) Western Hemlock and Western Red Cedar form the canopy of the climax old growth forest. In the younger stages of these forests, Douglas Fir is the pioneer species. Over time, the smaller component of hemlock and cedar trees plus those growing under the canopy will take over leaving only a few Douglas Fir veterans behind. Notice that this Zone is huge! It extends from the State of Washington through British Columbia and into Alaska.
There is one zone that doesn't have a dominant forest cover; the Alpine Tundra. It is also a large zone and is only found above the tree line. It supports spectacular wildlife values and is a great place to go skiing!
Let's zoom into the SCFD to get a closer picture.
In this Section
- Biodiversity in Coastal Forested Landscapes Overview
- Understanding Biodiversity in Coastal Forested Landscapes
- Geographic and Political Map of BC
- Tools and Resources for Biodiversity Protection
- Biogeoclimatic Zones of BC
- Bioecoclimatic Zones of Sunshine Coast Forest District
- Map of BEC Subzones of the Sunshine Coast Forest District
- Landscape Units of the Sunshine Coast Forest District
- Biogeoclimatic Subzones and Landscape Units in the SC Forest District
- Biogeoclimatic Subzones of the Chapman Landscape Unit
- Biogeoclimatic Subzones of the Sechelt Landscape Unit
- Age Classes of the SC Forest District
- Age Classes of the Sechelt Landscape Unit
- Age Classes of the Chapman Landscape Unit
- Landscape Unit Plans and Old Growth Management Areas
- Old Growth Management Areas of the SC Forest District
- Fisheries Sensitive Watersheds of the SC Forest District
- A Partial List of Small Regionally Significant Fisheries Watersheds
- A Collage of Small Watershed Estuaries
- Potential Marbled Murrelet Nesting Habitat in the SC Forest District
- SC Forest District Mountain Goat Winter Ranges (MGWR)