Central and Southern Cascades forests

WWF Abstract

After the eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980, some 200 square miles (520 square kilometers) of forests were devastated. What's more, streams and lakes were dammed with lava and ash, killing 11 million fish and other aquatic life. But such large-scale disturbance is just a normal part of the circle of life in the Central and Southern Cascades Forests ecoregion. Just one year after Mount St. Helens blew, the landscape was dotted with blackberries, avalanche lilies, lupines, bracken ferns, and other pioneer plants. Animals such as killdeer, ground squirrels, gophers, and even mountain bluebirds moved in quickly. Today, the same area that was once a blanket of ash is now green with life.No matter how big or small the disturbance, from volcanoes to windstorms to fires to floods, the rich biodiversity of this ecoregion is able to flourish.
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Ecozone:Nearctic
Biome:Temperate Coniferous Forests
Countries:United States
Area:11,071,999 acres (4,480,679 hectares)
Species:All  Endangered  Invasive
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Protected Areas

Crater Lake National Park
H.J. Andrews Biosphere Reserve
Mount Rainier National Park
Three Sisters Biosphere Reserve
Ecoregions provided by World Wide Fund For Nature (WWF). WildFinder: Online database of species distributions, ver. 01.06 gis.wwfus.org/wildfinder