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Alaska-St. Elias Range tundra (WWF ecoregion NA1101) View National Geographic WildWorld profile,(WildWorld home), View  WWF Wildfinder animal species list (WildFinder home)

Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park, Alaska
Mt. McKinley, Denali National Park, Alaska
(c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf


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): 2 (regionally outstanding)
This ecoregion has an entirely intact ecosystem including top-level predators including brown bears.*

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

Characteristic species*
 
Alpine tundra:
Dryas octopetala (mountain avens)
Dryas integrifolia (mountain avens)
Vaccinium vitis-idaea
Cassiope tetragona
lichens  (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf   hires
 
Slope scrub communities:
Betula glandulosa (dwarf birch)
Betula nana (dwarf birch)
Salix spp. (willows)
Alnus sinuata (alder)
Alnus crispa (alder)
 
Lower valleys:
Picea glauca (white spruce)
Picea mariana (black spruce)
Betula papyrifera (paper birch)
Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)
 
Animals:
Ovis dali dali (Dall sheep)  (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf   hires
Alopex lagopus (arctic fox) (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf   hires
Rangifer tarandus (caribou) (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf    hires
Ursus acrtos (brown bear) (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf    hires
Lagopus lagopus (willow ptarmigan)  (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf    hires

Some views from the ecoregion


Denali National Park, Alaska (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf   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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