Williams lake Ecological Reserve Management Plan
Ecological Reserve Attributes
Williams Creek Ecological Reserve is situated in the under represented
Nass Mountains Ecosection (4.57%).
The ecological reserve contributes minimally however to the representation of this ecosection (1.21% of the overall protected areas system representation of the ecosection).
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Williams Creek Ecological Reserve is situated in the Coastal Western Hemlock Wet Submaritime subzone ,submontane variant (CWHws1) ;Coastal Western Hemlock
Wet Submaritime subzone,Montane variant (CWHws2) ;Mountain Hemlock, Moist Maritime subzone Windward variant (MHmm1) and Alpine Tundra (AT).
The CWHws1 is extremely poorly represented in the protected areas system (0.3%).
Williams Creek is one of 4 protected areas contributing to the representation of this variant. It contributes 17.64% of the overall protected areas system representation of this variant.
Williams Creek Ecological Reserve protects an elevational gradient of ecosystems in the Coastal Western Hemlock biogeoclimatic zone.
The provincially blue-listed CWHws2 biogeoclimatic subzone
-variant is included in the ecological reserve
Williams Creek Ecological Reserve is within a provincially blue -listed biogeoclimatic subzone (CWHws1).
Two (2)Provincially red-listed and six (6) blue-listed plant communities are found in the CWHws1 and may occur in the ecological reserve, however, inventory data are lacking (Table 1)
.One (1) provinically yellow – listed plant community is found in the Mountain Hemlock zone that is found in the
ecological reserve. The plant community may occur in the ecological reserve
.Old growth Sitka spruce forests, up to 500 years of age have been recorded in the
ecological reserve. The ecological reserve contains regionally significant terraced bogs. Fossilized pollen has been found in the bogs
The pollen may provide valuable information on forest succession since the last glaciation.