Level IV: (9b) Grand Fir Mixed Forest

Level IV (9b) Grand Fir Mixed Forest

The Grand Fir Mixed Forest ecoregion is characterized by high, glaciated plateaus, mountains, and canyons containing high gradient streams and rivers. Scattered lakes occur in glacial rock basins. Elevation varies from 2200 to 6500 feet (671 to 1829 m).

The frigid soils and snowy, continental climate support a mix of grand fir and Douglas-fir, with some ponderosa pine and western larch. Plants in the understory include vine maple, hazel, snowberry, and oceanspray.

The region covers 812 square miles (2,103 km2) in Washington and 162 square miles (420 km2) in Oregon, on the eastern slopes of Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, and Mount Hood, and on Black Butte.

It contains land belonging to the Yakama Nation and public land within the Wenatchee, Gifford Pinchot, Deschutes, and Mount Hood National Forests (including the Badger Creek Wilderness).[1][2]

Source: Wikipedia


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