Great Basin montane forests

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Great Basin montane forests
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Biome Temperate coniferous forests
Bird species 160[1]
Mammal species 91[1]
Country United States
States/Provinces Nevada and California
Habitat loss 25-50%[2]
Protected 97.53%[1]

The Great Basin montane forests is an ecoregion of the Temperate coniferous forests biome, as designated by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF).[2]


The Great Basin montane forests ecoregion is located in the Great Basin region of Nevada, eastern California, and western Utah, in the Western United States.

The montane forests are often found on Madrean Sky Islands at elevations above the Great Basin Desert or xeric shrublands. The forests are within the Central or Northern Basin and Range ecoregions defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Great Basin bristlecone pine[edit]

The ancient Great Basin bristlecone pine (Pinus longaeva) trees are found in Great Basin montane forests. Protected areas with them include the Snake Range peaks within Great Basin National Park of Nevada and the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest in the White Mountains within the Inyo National Forest of California.

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  1. ^ a b c Hoekstra, J. M.; Molnar, J. L.; Jennings, M.; Revenga, C.; Spalding, M. D.; Boucher, T. M.; Robertson, J. C.; Heibel, T. J.; Ellison, K. (2010). Molnar, J. L., ed. The Atlas of Global Conservation: Changes, Challenges, and Opportunities to Make a Difference. University of California Press. ISBN 978-0-520-26256-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Great Basin montane forests". Terrestrial Ecoregions. World Wildlife Fund.