Larch Sanctuary features a wealth of habitats, formed by differences in slope, elevation, aspect, moisture, soil and the amount of sunlight penetrating the upper canopy of the forest.
Six different vegetation communities provide either a temporary or permanent home to over 90 species of birds, as well as animals such as moose, white-tailed deer, fox, snowshoe hares and frogs. This section of the site introduces some of the many inhabitants of Larch Sanctuary.
|Dominant Vegetation Community||Approximate Area||Description|
|Old coniferous forest||Creek banks||Mature white spruce in nearly pure stands, in places.|
|Old mixed wood forest||Creek banks||White spruce, trembling aspen and balsam poplar, with associated understory bushes and herbs.|
|Deciduous forest||Valley and ravine slopes||Open stands of primarily trembling aspen, with associated understory bushes and herbs.|
|Riparian / aquatic emergent and submergent||Oxbow area||Shoreline, emergent and submergent plants around the edges of the oxbow and Whitemud Creek.|
|Regeneration forest (white birch)||Valley||A stand of almost pure white birch, with associated ground vegetation.|
|Meadow||Valley, in loop of creek||Grassy area with regenerating deciduous and coniferous trees.|