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Peace River Lowlands Vegetation

White spruce forests containing large trees (16-23 metres tall) occur on imperfectly to well drained fluvial terraces along major rivers. Sadly, these forests have been heavily logged and, as a result, there is very little of these very productive forests remaining.

Green Alder PlanetOn drier upland sites, forests of Jack Pine, Green Alder, Bog Cranberry, Reindeer Lichen and feathermosses flourish with the help  of the Brunisolic soils of this subregion. Mixedwood forests of Aspen, Balsam Poplar, and White Spruce occur on mesic sites with Luvisolic soils.

Non-forested, wet fluvial communities form a very complex mosaic of aquatic, shoreline, meadow, shrub and marsh vegetation. Much of this complexity is driven by periodic flooding and deposition of fresh fluvial sediments, especially in the Peace-Athabasca Delta area.


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