Winokapau Lake North
This ecoregion extends northeast from Winokapau Lake and borders the western extensions
of the Lake Melville ecoregion. It is defined by cool summers and very cold winters. The
mean annual temperature is around -2.5°C, with a mean summer temperature of 9.5°C
and a mean winter temperature of -15.5°C. The mean annual precipitation ranges 700 mm
to 900 mm.
Its forests grade into tundra and alpine tundra vegetative communities to the north,
and into the typical coniferous boreal forests to the south. Black spruce is the climax
species, while trembling aspen reaches its northern limit in this ecoregion. Lichen in
association with black/white spruce woodlands are dominant. Balsam fir is found at only
rare sites. The topography can be described as a rolling plain of exposed bedrock with
many lakes. Some hills stand above the surrounding landscape reaching over 650 m asl. Bare
bedrock outcroppings are common. Permafrost is located in some areas, mainly in wetlands.
This ecoregion supports animals such as caribou, small mammals, waterfowl, and other birds.
Land use activities include fishing, hunting and trapping, and outdoor recreation.
©2002, Trevor Bell