The American West Land Cover Map
The American West stretches well into the Great Plains east of the
Rockies, including a good deal of southwestern Canada. The rugged but
relatively low mountains of the Mexican borderlands mark the southern
margin. Low post-glacial forests and wetlands of the Canadian interior
are another region altogether.
The mountain west is heavily forested
(below timberline) in the north. To the south, forest cover is
progressively limited to a narrowing elevation range. Farmlands west of
the Rockies are clustered in isolated pockets, with the notable
exceptions of the Columbia Basin and California’s Central Valley. Dense settlement is concentrated in Coastal
valleys and along the Rocky Mountain and Wasatch mountain fronts.
includes all of the eleven western states (Washington, Oregon,
California, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona,
and Colorado), and extends east well into
the high plains, up into Canada as far as Edmonton, and down into Mexico
past Chihuahua. About half of Texas is shown, including all of the
Panhandle and the border as far down as Eagle Pass / Piedras Negras.
Dimensions: All dimensions are approximate