Western Forests & Mountains
Western forests are dominated by conifers and boast some of the largest, tallest, and oldest trees found on the planet. The climate varies widely by season and location. The region encompasses nature's extremes, ranging from hot, dry lands that push the limits for sustaining life, to cold alpine areas perched on high mountains. At present, much of the West is semi-arid and subject to variable precipitation that can result in
The grand landscapes of the West provide both abundance and scarcity. Diverse habitats found throughout the western forests provide homes to a host of wildlife. During the summer months, bears, elk, and moose stockpile energy for the leaner winter months. However, nature's extremes also make this eco-region a difficult place to live. Water, the essential ingredient for life, is scarce when it is most needed and long dry spells set the conditions for wildfire.