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Blue Mountains forests
Meadow, from Pumpkin Ridge looking south toward the Grande Ronde Valley, Oregon (c) 2012 Karen Antell
Source of bioregions data: Olson, D. M. and E. Dinerstein. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. (PDF file) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89:125-126.
Distinctiveness (1=highest,4=lowest): 3
Riparian areas are important habitat for fish and for wildlife using them as corridors. Old-growth forests serve as refugia for many bird species.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 3 (vulnerable)
Approximately 10% of habitat remains intact. Fire suppression and logging has degraded ponderosa pine forests. Overgrazing is a serious threat to non-forested areas.*
Mid- to low-elevation mixed conifer forest grading into Palouse Prairie grassland at lower elevations
(left) View from Glass Hill looking north toward La Grande and Mt. Emily, Oregon, (center left and center right) from Pumpkin Ridge looking south toward the Grande Ronde Valley, Oregon, (right) Camas meadow, lower slopes of Mt. Emily north of La Grande, Oregon (c) 2012 Karen Antell hires hires hires hires
* Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, D.M. Olson, C.J. Loucks, et al. (1999) Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment. World Wildlife Fund - United States and Canada. Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 258-260.