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White spruce
Picea glauca (Moench) Voss

Distribution and Protected Areas – from Hamann et.al. 2005

Conservation Status Summary – from Chourmouzis et. al. 2009

No in situ conservation concerns were identified for white spruce.

Hybrid Spruce Conservation Status Summary – from Krakowski et. al. 2009

“Hybrid white spruce [a species complex including white spruce, Engelmann spruce, and their hybrids] is moderately well protected in the various SPUs, but in areas that are the focus of intensive forest harvesting and various land-intensive developments (e.g., Prince George high, Thompson–Okanagan low), the species is under-represented in the proportion of area protected. The only SPU identified as deficient in protection based on the forest inventory was Peace River high, which was also under-represented in ex situ collections at the TSC. Central British Columbia populations have the highest numbers of genotypes represented in inter situ trials, with most at only one primary and one backup site. This widespread species is affected by bark beetles, wildfire, and site moisture regime, and is expected to experience major shifts in its range as a result of climate change (Hamann and Wang 2006). Maintaining a full suite of genetic resources for this species is very important to retain the full potential for managing its genetic resources over the medium to long term.”

 

REFERENCES

Hamann, A., Smets, P., Aitken, S. N. and Yanchuk, A. D. 2005. An ecogeographic framework for in situ conservation of forest trees in British Columbia. Can. J. For. Res. 35:2553-2561. View online resources for this report.

C. Chourmouzis, A.D. Yanchuk, A. Hamann, P. Smets, and S.N. Aitken. 2009. Forest Tree Genetic Conservation Status Report 1: In situ conservation status of all indigenous BC species. Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics, Forest Genetics Council of BC, and BC Ministry of Forests and Range, Forest Science Program, Victoria, BC Technical Report 053. www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/Docs/Tr/Tr053.htm

Krakowski J, C. Chourmouzis, A.D. Yanchuk, D. Kolotelo, A. Hamann, and S.N. Aitken. 2009. Forest Tree Genetic Conservation Status Report 2: genetic conservation status of operational tree species. Centre for Forest Conservation Genetics, Forest Genetics Council of British Columbia, and B.C. Min. For. Range, For. Sci. Prog. Victoria, B.C. Tech. Rep. 054. www.for.gov.bc.ca/hfd/pubs/Docs/Tr/Tr054.htm

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