Western Allegheny Plateau (ecoregion)

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Western Allegheny Plateau
Level III ecoregions, United States.png
Western Allegheny Plateau (area 70 on the map)
Ecology
Ecozone Nearctic
Biome Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests
Bird species [1]
Mammal species [1]
Geography
Country United States
State West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Kentucky

The Western Allegheny Plateau ecoregion, defined by the Environmental Protection Agency, runs from southwest Pennsylvania, east-central and south Ohio, north and northwest West Virginia, and a portion of northeast Kentucky. The World Wildlife Fund defines the ecoregion as being the northern part of the Appalachian mixed mesophytic forests.

Larger cities in the ecoregion[edit]

Ecology[edit]

Flora
Fauna

Prevalent mammal species of the ecoregion are white-tailed deer,[2] cottontail rabbit,[3] groundhog,[4] and wild turkey.[5]

Wildlife of lesser relative abundance are: Gray and fox squirrel,[6] gray fox,[7] racoons,[8] opossum,[9] red fox,[10] and striped skunk.[11]

Conservation[edit]

For the state of Ohio portion of the ecoregion, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife maintains state listed wildlife that are considered endangered, threatened, species of concern, special interest, extirpated, or extinct.[12]

Geography[edit]

The Western Allegheny Plateau ecoregion is located within the central part of the geographical Appalachian Plateau.[13] [14]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 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. ^ "White-tailed deer". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  3. ^ "Cottontail rabbit". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  4. ^ "Groundhog". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  5. ^ "Wild turkey". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Gray and Fox Squirrel". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Gray Fox". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Racoons". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "0possum". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  10. ^ "Red Fox". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  11. ^ "Skunk". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  12. ^ "State Listed Species". Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  13. ^ "Level III ecoregions, United States". U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 29 September 2013. 
  14. ^ "Map of the "Sedimentary Appalachians"". usgs.gov. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 

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