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Wyoming Basin shrub steppe
Shrub steppe near Laramie, Wyoming (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): 4
This region contains some of the remnant prairie dog ecosystems which support predators including the endangered black-footed ferrets.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 3 (vulnerable)
Because of the aridity of the region which prevents cultivation, and the remoteness from human population centers, many areas have remained relatively intact. Conversion from sagebrush habitat to reasslands for domestic grazing has degraded some areas severely. Few areas are protected, and overgrazing, fire suppression, invasion by exotic grasses are threats.*
shrub steppe, near Laramie, Wyoming
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* 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. 330-332.