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Steward's ForkA Sustainable Future for the Klamath Mountains$
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James Agee

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520251250

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520251250.001.0001

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Forest Mélange

Forest Mélange

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(p.19) Chapter 3 Forest Mélange
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Steward's Fork
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James K. Agee

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520251250.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the forests of the Klamath Mountains. It first discusses the factors influencing vegetation and then discusses the life-zone concept, which explains the distribution of vegetation in the Klamaths. The chapter describes the two most common zonal-classification systems: cover type, or the current dominant vegetation; and potential vegetation, or the vegetation that would dominate in the absence of disturbance. It also explains the use of the concept of potential vegetation to project forest change over time.

Keywords:   forests, Klamath Mountains, vegetation, life-zone concept, zonal-classification systems, cover type, potential vegetation

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