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Coastal Rainforests in Alaska

Coastal temperate rainforests are rare. They occur in only 6 places outside of Alaska. The vast majority of Alaska’s coastal temperate rainforests are old-growth, consisting primarily of Western hemlock, Sitka spruce, mountain hemlock, and Alaska yellow cedar. Mature coastal temperate rainforests are extraordinarily complex and stable habitats. Over thousands of years many wildlife species have evolved to exploit this habitat. Understanding the complexity of this habitat is only now beginning to emerge under scientific study.

Rainforest trees

For more information see: Wildlife Action Plan Appendix 5: Forest Habitats (PDF 1,862 kB)

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