FORESTS in BC grow in a great range of types and habitats, and the temperate RAIN FORESTS along the coast are among the most biologically rich and diverse forests in N America. Much of BC is covered with a series of MOUNTAIN ranges running north and south, which become progressively higher moving eastward from the Pacific. This terrain shapes the 2 major climatic influences—warm, moist air sweeping east from the ocean and dropping precipitation as it rises over the mountain ranges, and cold...

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