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Canadian Aspen forests and parklands
Wetlands, west of Edmonton, Alberta (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
This is the largest boreal-grassland transition in the world and has some of the most extensive waterfowl breeding habitat.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
Less than 10% of the habitat in this region remains intact. Conversion to agricultural cropland and grazing is responsible for most of the habitat loss.*
|Populus tremuloides||(quaking aspen)|
Populus balsamifera (balsam poplar)
Picea glauca (white spruce)
Larix laricina (tamarack)
* 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. 280-282.