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Interior Alaska-Yukon lowland taiga (WWF ecoregion NA0607) View National Geographic WildWorld profile,(WildWorld home), View  WWF Wildfinder animal species list (WildFinder home)

Yukon River at Dalton Hwy., Alaska
Yukon River at Dalton Hwy., Alaska (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett


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 ecoregion is predominated by spruce coniferous forests and has retained intact ecosystems, including healthy populations of top predators.*

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 5 (relatively intact)
There is little habitat loss or fragmentation.*

Characteristic species*
Picea glauca (white spruce)
Picea mariana (black spruce)
Salix spp. (willows)
Alnus spp. (alders)
Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Betula spp. (dwarf birch)
Ledum decumbens (Labrador-tea)
Potentilla fruticosa (bush cinquefoil)
Eriophorum vaginatum (cottongrass)
Carex spp. (sedges)

Some views from the ecoregion

Taiga, foothills south of the Brooks Range, Alaska

Taiga, south of Brooks Range, Alaska Taiga, south of Brooks Range, Alaska Marion Creek campground, south of Brooks Range, Alaska
(c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett  hires  hires  hires

Taiga, Yukon River crossing, Dalton Hwy., Alaska

Yukon River crossing, Dalton Hwy., Alaska
(c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett  hires

Taiga, central Alaska

Taiga, central Alaska River, taiga, central Alaska
(c) 2005 Natasha Sherman  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. 337-340.

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