Coast Ranges

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Coast Ranges,

series of mountain ranges along the Pacific coast of North America, extending from SE Alaska to Baja California; from 2,000 to 20,000 ft (610–6,100 m) high. The ranges include the St. Elias Mts. in SE Alaska and SW Yukon, which have the highest elevations; a partially submerged portion that forms the islands off the coast of SE Alaska and British Columbia; the Olympic Mts. in Washington; the Coast Ranges in Oregon; the Klamath Mts., Coast Ranges, and Los Angeles Ranges in California; and the Peninsular Range in Baja California. The Coast Ranges are rugged, geologically young mountains formed by faulting and folding and are composed mainly of granitic rock; the northern third is glaciated. N of San Francisco the ranges are humid and thickly forested; the southern parts are dry and covered with brush and grass. Lumbering, mining, and tourism are important.
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Lower elevations in the state's northwestern sector and the eastern slopes of the Coast Range also could see some flurries of snow, the weather service forecasted.
The Marine Corps could perform amphibious landings on the Gulf Coast ranges, like they do at Vieques, even though it would be on a "very limited basis," with no live fire, said Roswell.
The Gulf Coast ranges include the Pensacola Naval Air Station, the Navy's Coastal Systems Station, Eglin and Tyndall Air Force bases and the Army's Fort Rucker.
Key words: Arborimus albipes, Arborimus longicaudus, Arceuthobium, Clatsop State Forest, Coast Ranges, dwarf mistletoe, line transect surveys, Oregon, Red Tree Vole, Tillamook Burn, Tillamook State Forest, White-footed Vole
Based on our survey and other recent surveys on federal, state, and private lands in the northern Coast Ranges of Oregon (Forsman and others 2008, 2012, in prep; USDA FS 2011; USDI BLM 2011), we concluded that tree voles were largely absent from most of the 4-county region in the northwest corner of Oregon, including most of the Clatsop and Tillamook State Forests.
In 2011, the US Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that the Red Tree Vole (Arborimus longicaudus) warranted listing as a threatened or endangered distinct population segment in the Oregon Coast Range north of the Siuslaw River (USFWS 2011).
The great eastern forest, where many of the aborigines lived, comprised four-fifths of the forested land in what we now call the lower 48, with the remaining one-fifth in the Rockies, the Sierra-Cascades, the Coast ranges, and other western mountains.
Major geological features are the Olympic Mountains, west slope of the Cascade Range, Willamette-Puget lowlands, Coast Range, and Klamath Mountains (Orr and Orr 2002).
On the Oregon Coast, the Tyee streams are bracketed by streams north of the Siuslaw River (Oregon Coast Range Isolates) and south of the Coquille River (Klamath Isolates) with low diversity, 0 or 2 freshwater fish.
They also included the Umpqua River, even though only a small part of the Umpqua River drains the Klamath Mountains, although herpetologists in the same volume place the Umpqua River in the Coast Range (Bury and Pearl 1999).
1), the only one that breeches the Coast Range, and drains both the Cascade Range and Klamath Mountains.