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Arctic foothills tundra (WWF
Foothills, n. of Brooks Range, Alaska (c) 2005 Natasha Sherman
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): 1
Top-level predators remain in this ecoregion, which provides important denning sites for brown bears and wolves. It is an important migration corridor for caribou herds.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 4 (relatively stable)
Currently this ecoregion is one large, intact block of habitat. However coal and mineral development in the western half could cause severe and permanent damage.*
Some views from the ecoregion
musk oxen, foothills north of Brooks Range (c) 2005 Natasha Sherman 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.