WYOMING NEWS SERVICE, Cheyenne, WY – Wyoming has made a new “Top Ten” list, and it's not a positive place to be. It focuses on habitats across the country that are home to fish, wildlife and plants at risk of extinction. Each zone on the list is described as threatened because of a changing climate. They're not a lost cause just yet, because the report describes conservation actions that could help keep species resilient.
Derek Goldman is with the Endangered Species Coalition, which issues the report. He says they took a long-term view of habitat health.
California's Sierra Mountains and the Arctic Sea Ice ecosystem are also featured in the report as areas that need conservation attention.
Goldman says they based the list on scientific review and input that focuses on protection, restoration and reconnection.
The Greater Yellowstone's Whitebark pines are quickly disappearing, and those trees are an important food source for many critters, including grizzlies. They also play a role in stabilizing mountainsides and shading snowpack.
The report calls for forest restoration work and more research to develop trees resistant to beetle infestations.