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Western Great Lakes forests
North shore of Lake Superior, Lake County, Minnesota (c) 2005 Jason J. Husveth
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 supports populations of large mammals and has some areas with intact top level predators including black bear and wolves.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 4 (relatively stable)
20% of the region is intact, much of it in Minnesota. Logging in much of the region has changed the forest composition. Extensive areas have been converted to agricultural and housing development is a threat.*
Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)
black spruce and fen, north central Lake Co., Minnesota (c) 2005 Jason J. Husveth hires
patterened peatland, north central Lake Co., Minnesota (c) 2005 Jason J. Husveth hires
poor and rich fen, north central Lake Co., Minnesota (c) 2005 Jason J. Husveth 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. 156-159.