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Muskwa/Slave Lake forests (WWF ecoregion NA0610) View National Geographic WildWorld profile,(WildWorld home), View  WWF Wildfinder animal species list (WildFinder home)

Looking west into the mountains near Ft. Nelson, British Columbia
Looking west into the mountains near Ft. Nelson, British Columbia
(c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett

Muskwa/Slave Lake 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): 1 (globally outstanding)
This region contains one of the most diverse and intact large mammal system, including relatively undisturbed predator-prey systems.*

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 4 (relatively stable)
About 75% of the ecoregion is intact.  Logging and transportation corridors have degraded some areas.*

Characteristic species*
Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)
Picea glauca  (white spruce)

Abies balsamea (balsam fir)

Picea mariana (black spruce) (c) 2004 Maurice J. Kaurmann

* 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. 360-361.

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