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Copper Plateau taiga
Route 4, southern Alaska (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): 4
The lakes and wetlands of this former Pleistocene lake provide nesting habitat for migratory bird species including a large number of trumpeter swans. The Copper River has strong salmon runs.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 5 (relatively intact)
The region is 90% intact and is not significantly fragmented.*
Picea glauca (white spruce)
Populus trichocarpa (black cottonwood)
Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)
Copper Plateau with Wrangell Mts. in background, southern Alaska (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. 353-355.