This ecoregion is located on the perimeter of Lake Melville. It has humid, cool summers and
cold winters. The mean annual temperature is around -2°C, with a mean summer temperature
of 8.5°C and a mean winter temperature of -13°C. The mean annual precipitation ranges
from 800 mm to 1000 mm. Its forests are dominated by balsam fir, black spruce, white birch, and
trembling aspen. Much of this ecoregion is an irregular lowland, greatly dissected by river
valleys. Elevations range from around sea level to about 500 m asl. Permafrost is found in
isolated patches, primarily in wetlands west of Lake Melville.
This ecoregion provides logs for the timber industry. It has suitable conditions for animals
such as caribou, moose, birds, and waterfowl. Hunting, trapping, and recreation are common
land-use activities. The main community is Happy Valley-Goose Bay, which is supported mainly
by a military base.
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