Sub-Boreal Pine - Spruce Zone
The Sub-Boreal Pine-Spruce Zone is a unique landscape dominated by dry lodgepole pine forests and abundant wetlands. There is little agricultural or urban development in the zone, but forestry and ranching are extensive.
Although the zone contains fewer tree species than nearly any other part of British Columbia, the dry forest undergrowth with its dwarf shrubs, low herbs, mosses, and rich collection of lichens is unique within B.C. Cattle range widely through forests, meadows, and wetlands.
The Sub-Boreal Pine-Spruce Zone is located on the high, gently rolling Fraser Plateau and the southernmost Nechako Plateau in the central interior of the province. In the west, it extends onto the leeward lower slopes of the Coast Mountains, as well as the lower slopes of the Itcha and Ilgachuz ranges. Although most of the zone occurs west of the Fraser River in the area known as the Chilcotin, a separate strip occurs east of 100 Mile House.
The Sub-Boreal Pine-Spruce Zone lies at elevations of 850 to 1300 metres in the north and as high as 1500 metres in southern and western parts. There are no major towns in this zone, but numerous lakes, including Tsacha, Anaheim, Charlotte, Palmer, Stum, McIntosh, and Bonaparte are located here. The lakes are part of a drainage system that includes the Chilcotin, West Road (or Blackwater), Dean, San Jose and Bonaparte rivers.