Wrangell - St Elias National Park and Preserve Trees and Shrubs

Tree communities in the park are often determined by the presence of permafrost as much as climatic zones. Areas underlain with permafrost are characterized by black spruce ( Picea mariana ) which is often twisted and stunted in growth. Wetlands and sinkholes are often characterized by Salix spp , dwarf birch ( Betula glandulosa ); while white spruce ( Picea glauca ) likes to keep its roots dry and tends to be in the uplands occasionally mixed with paper birch ( Betula resinifera ). In the Chugach Range, treeline is lower and can be dominated more by shrubs that trees.

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Featured Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.