Interior Plateau & Southern Great Lakes 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.

  • 35,190
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 2
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 25%
    Protection Target
  • 1
    Protection Level

The Interior Plateau bioregion, located in the Northeast American Forests subrealm of Northern America, sits between the Appalachian Mountains to the east and the central grassland-forest transition to the west, extending northward to include the eastern half of Lake Michigan and the entirety of Lake Erie. It contains two ecoregions – Interior Plateau US Hardwood Forests (336), Southern Great Lakes Forests (342) – and is dominated by broadleaf forest. The total area of this bioregion is approximately 35 million hectares.

The Interior Plateau & Southern Great Lakes Forests bioregion is part of the Northeast American Forests subrealm and is made up of two ecoregions: (1) Southern Great Lakes Forests (2) Interior Plateau US Hardwood Forests.

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