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Alberta Mountain forests (WWF ecoregion NA0501)

Jasper National Park, Alberta
Jasper National Park, 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 (nationally important)
This ecoregion has a high diversity of large mammals.*

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 4 (relatively stable)
Approximately 80% of habitat remains intact.  Road corridors and recreation facilities are the main reason for habitat loss.*

Characteristic species*
Pinus contorta  (lodgepole pine)
Picea engelmannii  (Engelmann spruce)
Abies lasiocarpa  (subalpine fir)
Carex (sedge) species
Dryas hookeriana
(mountain avens)
Ovis canadensis (bighorn sheep)
Cervus elaphus (elk)
Odocoileus hemionus (black-tailed deer)
Canis lupus (wolf)
Ursus acrtos (brown bear) (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf 
Ursus americanus (black bear)
Rangifer tarandus (caribou) (c) 2005 Carol and Steve Baskauf 
Oreamnos americanus (mountain goat)Oreamnos americanus (mountain goat) (c) 2005 Daniel P. Duran


Associated habitats

Banff National Park, Alberta

vegetation (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett   hires   hires

Lake Louise (c) 2005 Scott and Ruth Bassett   hires

montaine forest, near Banff, Alberta
(c) 2005 Daniel P. Duran   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. 256-258.

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