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Wasatch and Uinta montane forests (WWF ecoregion NA0530) View National Geographic WildWorld profile,(WildWorld home), View  WWF Wildfinder animal species list (WildFinder home)

Cedar Breaks Ntl. Monument, Iron Co., Utah
Cedar Breaks Ntl. Monument, Iron Co., Utah
(c) 2005 Daniel P. Duran

Wasatch and Uinta montane forests map
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 (bioregionally outstanding)
This region contains a variety of coniferous forests.  It is relatively dry for a mountainous forest because it lies in the rain shadow of the high Sierra Nevada mountains to the west.*

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 2 (endangered)
Most of this region has been degraded by grazing, logging, mining, and recreational use.  Large predators are extinct in this area.  Very little of the area is protected.*

Characteristic species*
 
Pinus ponderosa  (ponderosa pine)
Pseudotsuga menziesii  (Douglas fir)
Abies lasiocarpa  (subalpine fir)
Picea engelmannii  (Engelmann spruce)

Pinus flexilis (limber pine)

Quercus gambelii  (Gambel oak)

Associated habitats

Cedar Breaks Ntl. Monument, Iron Co., Utah

Wildflowers, Cedar Breaks Ntl. Monument, Iron Co., Utah
 (c) 2005 Daniel P. Duran   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. 252-253.

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