Map of Biogeoclimactic Ecosystem Classification Subzones of the Sunshine Coast Forest District
Biogeoclimactic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) subzones differentiate between regional climates. Proximity to Pacific Ocean and elevation are the main driver of climate. If we are going to adequately maintain the biodiversity of coastal forests, we will need to protect an ecologically functioning portion of each Biogeoclimatic subzone (BEC Unit).
Forestry has a language of abbreviations and acronyms:
- Hyper-maritime means that you are exposed to weather from the open Pacific: high winds drive rain horizontally, right down your neck!
- Sub-maritime means that you are near the head of a long inlet exposed to strong out flow winds driving rain right down your neck!
- Maritime means that you are adjacent to protected salt water, such as on the east side of Vancouver. High winds and heavy rains can come from any direction but end up going right down your neck, as usual!
In the BEC parlance, a wetness indicator such as very dry, dry, moist or very wet, precedes the maritime descriptor. In general, the higher the elevation, the wetter it gets!
Here’s an example abbreviation: CWHxm. The means the Zone is Coastal Western Hemlock and the subzone is very-dry maritime. CHWvm means Coastal Western Hemlock very-moist maritime.
Here are some pictures to help you get a “feel” for BEC Zones and Subzones:
- Coastal Douglas Fir (CDF) zonal site
- Coastal Douglas Fir moist-maritime 02
- Dry Ecosystem Plants
- A special plant: Calypso bulbosa
- Special CDF Ecosystem
- Coastal Western Hemlock – very dry maritime 01 (CWHxm-01)
- Coastal Western Hemlock – very dry maritime – 12 (CWHxm-12)
- Mountain Hemlock Zone (MH) – Ancient Forests
- Mountain Hemlock Zone
- Mountain Hemlock – wet nutrient rich sites (MHmm-08/09)
- Edatopic Grids: identifying plant communities
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)