Alpine environments are threatened by tourist and hydroelectric developments.
Alpine environments are among the most understudied and unappreciated ecosystems. Alpine habitats are home to a variety of wildlife. In addition to those species that are truly alpine, a wide variety of animals may use the alpine at some point during the year. For example, blue grouse exhibit a reverse migration, moving up into the alpine during the latter part of the summer. Migratory birds are also found moving through and feeding in the alpine during the autumn migration.