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Great Basin shrub steppe
National Geographic WildWorld profile,(WildWorld
WWF Wildfinder animal species list
Owens Valley, near Bishop, Inyo Co., CA (c) 2005 Daniel P. Duran
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
This region has numerous threatened and endangered species.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 4 (relatively stable)
Less than 10% of the basin remains intact. Native annuals suffer under heavy grazing and invasion of cheatgrass and Russian thistle have disrupted the species composition. Mining and urbanization are also threats.*
Mine tailings and abandoned town, Mono County, California
(c) 2005 James H. 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. 328-330.