The Montane Cordillera Ecozone, as defined by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC), is an ecozone in south-central British Columbia and southwestern Alberta, Canada (an ecozone is equivalent to a Level I ecoregion in the United States). A rugged and mountainous ecozone spanning 473,000 square kilometres, it still contains "two of the few significant agricultural areas of the province", the Creston Valley and the Okanagan Valley. Primarily a mountainous region, it consists of rugged ecosystems such as alpine tundra, dry sagebrush and dense conifer forests. The interior plains are encircled by a ring of mountains. The area has a mild climate throughout the year, with typically dry summers and wet winters.
|Borders||Boreal Cordillera, Boreal Plains, Pacific Maritime and Prairies|
|Area||487,896 km2 (188,378 sq mi)|
|Provinces||Alberta and British Columbia|
|Climate type||Humid continental and subarctic|
The corresponding name in the United States for this ecozone, where it is classed as a Level I ecoregion by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, which is identical though differently-named than the CEC system, is the Northwestern Forested Mountains ecoregion.
This ecozone can be further subdivided into four ecoprovinces:
Seven national parks have been established in this ecozone:
- Banff National Park
- Glacier National Park
- Jasper National Park
- Kootenay National Park
- Mount Revelstoke National Park
- South Okanagan-Similkameen National Park Reserve (proposed)
- Waterton Lakes National Park
- Yoho National Park
Dozens of provincial parks have been established in this ecozone. Some of the largest and most notable ones include:
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- "Montane Cordillera". Evergreen Native Plants Database. Archived from the original on December 16, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Montane Cordillera Ecozone" (PDF). Parks Canada. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 5, 2011. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Bernhardt, Torsten. "Montane Cordillera". Canada's Ecozones, Canadian Biodiversity project. McGill University, Redpath Museum. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Secretariat, Treasury Board of Canada; Secretariat, Treasury Board of Canada. "National Ecological Framework for Canada - Open Government Portal". open.canada.ca. Retrieved 2020-11-07.
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