Boreal Plains


The Boreal Plains are in northeast B.C. to the east of the Rocky Mountains and south of the Fort Nelson lowlands. This land is the home of the Dene-thah and Dunne-za First Nations. The winters are cold and long compared to the rest of B.C., but the summers are quite dry and sunny.

Parts of the Boreal Plains are covered in prairie grasslands and plateaus, while the forests are black and white spruce or thick aspen parklands. These grasslands and forests are home to many birds that feed and nest throughout the summer and migrate southward in the winter.

The region contains some of the most fertile agricultural land in the province and could feed one million people every year. Some of this land is at risk of being flooded by the Site C dam. The dam also threatens plants and animals in the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Wood Buffalo National Park.

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