Canadian Shield & Coastal Taiga-Forests bioregion

The bioregion’s land area is provided in units of 1,000 hectares. The protection goal is the combined Global Safety Net (GSN1) areas for the component ecoregions. The protection level indicates the percentage of the GSN goal that is currently protected on a scale of 0-10. N/A means data is not available at this time.

  • 325,135
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 6
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 97%
    Protection Target
  • 1
    Protection Level

The Canadian Shield bioregion, located in the Canadian Boreal Forests subrealm in the Subarctic America (Nearctic) realm, consists of the great boreal forests spanning across North America, from the Northwest Territories to the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of six ecoregions – Central Canadian Shield Forests (370), Eastern Canadian Boreal Forests (373), Eastern Canadian Shield Taiga (374), Midwest Canadian Shield Forests (377), Northern Canadian Shield Taiga (379), Southern Hudson Bay Taiga (382) – and includes the marine areas of James Bay, Labrador Sea, and the Gulf of St. Lawrence. The total land area of this bioregion is approximately 325 million hectares.

The Canadian Shield & Coastal Taiga-Forests bioregion is part of the Canadian Boreal Forests subrealm and is made up of six ecoregions: (1) Northern Canadian Shield Taiga (2) Midwest Canadian Shield Forests (3) Southern Hudson Bay Taiga (4) Central Canadian Shield Forests (5) Eastern Canadian Shield Taiga (6) Eastern Canadian Boreal Forests.

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