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Cook Inlet taiga
Black spruce, southern Alaska
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
All top-level predators are present and its rivers support all five species of Pacific salmon. It also harbors large populations of bald eagles and snow geese.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 5 (relatively intact)
Although this is the part of Alaska that is most heavily-impacted by humans, it is still about 90% intact habitat. Threats include logging and mineral extraction, and urban and residential development occurs near Anchorage and Palmer-Wasilla.*
Some associated habitats
* 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. 353-355.