Northern Prairie & Aspen 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.

  • 112,913
    Total Land Area (1000 ha)
  • 3
    Number of Ecoregions
  • 26%
    Protection Target
  • 1
    Protection Level

The Northern Prairie bioregion, located in the Great Plains subrealm of Northern America, is the upper section of the Great Plains, lying between the Great Lakes forests to the east and the Northern Rockies to the west. It is predominantly made up of shortgrass prairie mixed with aspen forests and tallgrass prairie in the east. The bioregion includes three ecoregions – Northern Shortgrass Prairie (396), Northern Tallgrass Prairie (397), Canadian Aspen Forests and Parklands (386) – and is defined largely by the expansive Missouri River watershed. The total area of this bioregion is approximately 113 million hectares.

The Northern Prairie & Aspen Forests bioregion is part of the Great Plains subrealm and is made up of three ecoregions: (1) Northern Shortgrass Prairie (2) Canadian Aspen Forests and Parklands (3) Northern Tallgrass Prairie. 

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