Where We Work
The CIJV is bordered by the Coast and Cascade Mountains to the west, the Rocky Mountains to the east, the United States to the south and the Western Boreal Forest to the north. The region covers over 489,000 square kilometres, almost 50 per cent of the area of BC, as well as the Rocky Mountains of Alberta. It is one of the most ecologically diverse regions in Canada, with elevation rising from 200 metres to almost 4,000 metres above sea level. This range in elevation and climatic conditions creates a tremendous diversity of habitat types including desert, grasslands, shrub-steppe, riparian, wetlands, dry and moist coniferous forests and alpine tundra. The most productive wetlands are found in fertile floodplain valley bottoms and grassland plateaus at mid and low elevations. Sixty-three per cent of the area is forested, with over 5 per cent covered by lakes and wetlands, 1 per cent in open native grasslands and the remaining area in other non-forested habitat (including urban, agriculture, alpine, rock and ice).