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Central Canadian Shield forests
Greenwater Provincial Park, Ontario (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
Plains in this ecoregion support some of the most productive boreal forests in North America. A diverse collection of large mammals are present.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 4 (relatively stable)
Approximately 40% of the ecoregion remains intact. Large-scale mechanized logging is the primary threat.*
Some views from the ecoregion
black spruce near Hearst, Ontario (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. 337-340.