Boreal Transition

Boreal Transition Map
Hectares: 5,403,000 ha (8%)

This ecoregion is characterized by a mix of forest and farmland, marking both the southern advance of the boreal forest and the northern limit of arable agriculture. Gray soils supporting tall stands of aspen are characteristic of the hilly upland areas. White spruce and jack pine occur throughout the area but are less common than in the more northern ecoregions. Peatlands are also less common.

Except for the areas of jack pine on sandy soils along the North Saskatchewan River valley, the lowlands or plains are mostly cultivated. In fact, the black and dark gray soils are some of the most fertile and productive in the province, producing a wide range of forage crops, feed grains, cereals and oilseeds. Wildlife populations are diverse with white-tailed deer, moose, elk and black bear being the most prominent.

Other mammals include the beaver, northern flying squirrel and the short-tailed shrew. The gray jay, boreal chickadee, black and white warbler, and great-crested flycatcher are typical birds.


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