Global Litter Invertebrate
Rocky Harbour, Canada
Gros Morne National Park
Rocky Harbour, NF
Telephone: (+1) 709 458 3577
The GLIDE site is located on the Great Northern Peninsula
of the Island of Newfoundland, along the eastern shore of
the Eastern Arm of Bonne Bay, within Gros Morne National
Park of Canada (the full official name of the park, established
1973). The site was laid out in a second-growth balsam fir-white
birch forest with an estimated average tree age of about
50 years. The understory is fairly open because of the shade
of the trees and moose browsing. The moose population is
very high in the park area (the park has an area of 1,805
square kilometres and a moose population between 8,000 and
8,500). Moose were introduced to the Island of Newfoundland
about 100 years ago, and feed heavily on balsam fir boughs
in winter, and to a smaller extent in summer. Moose movement
through the site had to be considered in the placement of
Site location is 49° 32' 35" latitude and 58° 49'
The litterbags are located on a site with an area of about
Site elevation is 50.0 m.
Average annual precipitation is around 1,500 mm.
Average annual temperature based on 30-yr normals is 4.2°C.
Soil classification is Podzol (more specifically Podzol/Gleysol,
Gleyed Humo-Ferric Podzol, Orthic Humic Podzol, and Orthic
Native forest and vegetation type is second-growth balsam
fir-white birch forest. Dominant tree species are Abiebals,
Betupapy, and Piceglau. Stand density is 6271
trees/ha, and basal area is 18.2 m2/ha. The ecoclimatic
province of this site is boreal; dominant shrub species
are Acerspic and Taxucana. Dominant moss
species are Hylosple, Pleuschr and Diacmaju. Dominant
herb species are Corncana, Triebore and Gaulhisp.
Hodridge life zone is cool temperate subalpine wet forest.
Prinicpal biome is Boreal Forest, Western Newfoundland