In the hot, dry regions of the southern
interior of British Columbia lie grasslands
dominated by bunchgrasses,
wildflowers, and dryland shrubs.
Grasslands were naturally limited in
extent when European settlement began
in the mid-1800s, and significant areas
of grasslands have been lost since that
time. Today, grasslands cover less than
one percent of British Columbia’s land
area and are one of Canada’s most
endangered ecosystems. Scattered grasslands
also occur in coastal, central, and
northern British Columbia; these grasslands
are also threatened but have different
ecological characteristics from
those in the southern interior.
Iverson, Kristi. 2004. Grasslands of the Southern Interior. Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection. Ecosystems At Risk brochure
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: grassland, at risk, endangered, threatened
Other Identifier: Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management
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