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Transcript of Taiga Plains
complex environmental issues due to human activities
climate change by the boreal forest
insect pests in forest-destroying plagues LOCATION T A I G A P L A I N S CLIMATE T A I G A P L A I N S Mean Temperature in July: 10ºC to 15ºC The climate of the Taiga Plains is semi-barren and cold. The summers are short and cool, while winters are long and cold. Annual Precipitation: Avg. of 250 to 500 mm Snow and freshwater ice-cover cover the plains for six to eight months annually. Mean Temperature in January: 22.5ºC to -35ºC Taiga Plains Canada's Third Largest Ecozone T A I G A P L A I N S VEGETATION Due to permafrost, vegetation is moderately simple, dominated by only a few species that have adapted well to poor soil conditions and harsh subarctic climate. Trees in the Taiga Plains include: white and black spruce, tamarack, white birch, trembling aspen, balsam poplar and lodgepole pine. The Taiga Plains are favourite habitats for many wildlife species like: T A I G A P L A I N S WILDLIFE MOOSE WOLF WOOD BISON LYNX RED FOX WOODLAND
CARIBOU BLACK BEAR Other wildlife include: snowshoe hare, marten, mink, ermine, wolverine, river otter, porcupine, muskrat, red squirrel, beaver, and northern red-backed vole. T A I G A P L A I N S WILDLIFE Common bird species that breed here during the brief spring and summer include: WHOOPINGCRANE RED-THROATED
REDPOLL Countless of ducks, geese, and swans use the ecozone’s many lakes, rivers, and wetlands as staging or nesting areas. The many fish species able to exist in the Taiga Plain's cold, poor nutrient lakes and rivers are: WOOD BUFFALO NATIONAL PARK T A I G A P L A I N S LANDFORMS Most of the terrain is flat or slightly rolling, but the permafrost leads to large areas being waterlogged and remnants of glacier activity make the landscape more varied. The Taiga Plains consists of level to gently rolling plains, broad lowlands and plateaus. This ecozone is primarily horizontally layered sedimentary rock; limestone, shale, and sandstone. The Taiga Plains ecozone contains most of the Northwest Territories' two "great" lakes, Great Slave and Great Bear, which were carved by glaciers along the western outskirts of the Canadian Shield. Whooping Crane habitat & HISTORICAL FACTS T A I G A P L A I N S The sparse human population of 22,000 is 60% aboriginal. Water access dictated the location of most communities in the Plains ecozone. The Taiga Plains is home of the world’s largest Wood Bison herd and only known nesting site of the Whooping Crane. The Taiga Plains has unique salt plains; these were formed when salt water evaporated leaving salt mounds behind. TRAVEL TIPS T A I G A P L A I N S HOTELS BLACHFORD LAKE LODGE AND WILDERNESS RESORT $250 & up per night COAST FRASER TOWER $200 & up per night SUPER 8 MOTEL $149 & up per night EXPLORER HOTEL $191 & up per night BLUE RAVEN
BED & BREAKFAST $80 & up per night CAMPGROUNDS & ATTRACTIONS GREAT SLAVE LAKE GREAT BEAR LAKE WOOD BUFFALO
NATIONAL PARK NAHANNI NATIONAL
PARK RESERVE NORTHERN FRONTIER
VISITORS CENTRE SHOPPING YK Shopping Centre
Centre Square Mall
Weaver & Devore Trading Ltd.
Arctic Wild Harvest
Northern Souvenirs & Gifts RESTAURANTS & CAFÉS THORNTON'S WINE
& TAPAS ROOM TAPAS A TASTE OF SAIGON VIETNAMESE JAVAROMA FRESH ROAST GOURMET CAFÉ DANCING MOOSE CAFÉ HEALTHY CAFÉ BULLOCK'S BISTRO FISH & CHIPS T A I G A P L A I N S ACTIVITIES Gross Domestic Product:
$1.1 billion GDP Relatively few areas in the Taiga Plains are dominated by human activity. A majority of the 22,000 people who live here make their living through subsistence activities, but petroleum exploration, mining, and forestry also take place. Primary Industry PETROLEUM EXPLORATION MINING FORESTRY Secondary Industry Tertiary Industry IN CONCLUSION T A I G A P L A I N S The Taiga Plains has many exciting landform features that make them unique, from gently rolling plains, broad lowlands and plateaus. There are some occasional scattered forests, both of the deciduous and coniferous variety. There are also many of rivers and other small water bodies to liven up the barren emptiness! Unfortunately, the Taiga Plains has a very dry climate. Sometimes, the dry climate can even lead to forest fires due to careless campfires and other human activities. However, that doesn't deter me from coming here!