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Yukon Interior dry forests (WWF ecoregion NA0617) View National Geographic WildWorld profile,(WildWorld home), View  WWF Wildfinder animal species list (WildFinder home)

Yukon River near Whitehorse, Yukon
Yukon River near Whitehorse, Yukon
(c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett

Yukon Interior dry 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): 4 (nationally important)
This ecoregion has an unusual association of plant communities because of the juxtaposition of boreal forests with one of the most northerly grassland communities.  It supports large mammals as well as top-level predators.*

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 3 (vulnerable)
About 75% of this ecoregion remains intact. Habitat loss has resulted from forestry, mining, transportation corridors, and urbanization around Whitehorse.*

Characteristic species*
Picea glauca (white spruce)
Picea mariana (black spruce)
Pinus contorta  (lodgepole pine)
Betula spp. (scrub birch)

Salix spp. (willows)

Abies lasiocarpa  (subalpine fir)

Dryas hookeriana (mountain avens)

Associated habitats

River and forest, near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory Yukon River near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
right: Yukon River (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett  hires  hires

Wet area, between Teslin Lake and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory

Black spruce between Teslin Lake and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Picea mariana (black spruce)  (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett  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. 357-358.

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