Northern 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.

  • 87,506
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 4
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 56%
    Protection Target
  • 2
    Protection Level

The Northern Great Lakes bioregion, located in the Northeast American Forests subrealm in Northern America, spans from Quebec to Minnesota just below the Canadian Shield forests. The bioregion is predominantly made up of broadleaf forests and includes four ecoregions – Western Great Lakes Forests [1],  Upper Midwest US Forest-Savanna Transition [2], Eastern Canadian Temperate-Boreal Forest Transition [3], Eastern Great Lakes Lowland Forests [4] – encompassing most of the Great Lakes. The total land area of this bioregion is approximately 193 million hectares.

The Northern Great Lakes Forests bioregion is part of the Northeast American Forests subrealm and is made up of four ecoregions: Western Great Lakes Forests [1],  Upper Midwest US Forest-Savanna Transition [2], Eastern Canadian Temperate-Boreal Forest Transition [3], Eastern Great Lakes Lowland Forests [4].

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