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Hawaii tropical high shrublands (WWF ecoregion OC0701)

upper slope of Mauna Loa, island of Hawaii
upper slope of Mauna Loa, island of Hawaii  (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf

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 outstanding)
Upper slopes of high volcanoes support shrublands and grasslands.  Nene geese live in these areas.*

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 3 (vulnerable)
Some large blocks remain intact, but overgrazing by domestic and feral livestock degrade the habitat.  Invasive plants and ants threaten native plant communities.*


Some views from the ecoregion

Primary succession on 1855 lava flow, Kipuka Ainahou State Nene Sanctuary, north slope of Mauna Loa, island of Hawaii  (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf  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.

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