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Mount Wright photo pair
Photo Credits: W. Verde Watson (Denali NP&P Museum Coll. 23180) (1963), R. D. Karpilo (2012)
Ecoregion: Alaska Range Mountains
Change Type: Changing treelines
Changing treelinesAnnotation is available
In this view, from mile 19 of the Park Road, both an increase in the frequency and abundance of trees and shrubs is visible. White spruce has expanded on the sloped and primarily south-facing terrain near the roadway. Shrubs have colonized previously rocky patches in the lower alpine zone of Mount Wright (view the annotation for help in finding these transformed areas), which will likely assist in moderating the microclimates of those zones, and allowing other woody and larger-statured plants to grow there.