Arctic Boreal Climate change

Patterns of vegetation change in Yukon

Reid, K. & Reid, D.


Yukon has diverse vegetation communities ranging from closed-canopy forests in valleys, shrub and meadow communities high on mountains, cottongrass and heath tundras in the Arctic, to widespread grasslands

Through to 2090, projections suggest that there will be large shifts in the location and composition of Yukon’s vegetation communities. We can expect to see changes from boreal forest to grasslands, alpine tundra to forests, and Arctic tundra to shrublands

Yukon is divided into nine bioclimate zones based on regional climate, vegetation, and soil development. Changes to vegetation communities can be grouped based on bioclimate zones to understand regional and territory-wide patterns of change.

Recommended citation

Reid, K. & Reid, D. (2022). Patterns of vegetation change in Yukon. WCS Canada.

Donald Reid

Donald Reid

Emeritus Scientist