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Eastern Great Lakes lowland forests
Orwell, Vermont looking towards Adirondack Mountains (c) 2008 Daniel C. Redondo
Source of bioregions data: Olson, D. M. and E. Dinerstein. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. (PDF file) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89:125-126.
Distinctiveness (1=highest,4=lowest): 4
This ecoregion contains some unique habitat types, including alvar barrens and ancient cliff white cedars. There are important wetland habitats and the area is particularly rich in bird species.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
Pollution and suburban development have degraded this ecoregion severely and less than 5% of the habitat remains intact. Intact habitat is highly fragmented and protected areas are very small.*
(northern red oak)
Some views from the ecoregion
Sugar shack below a maple sugar (Acer saccharum)
knoll, Orwell, VT
Green mountains visible at far right.
(c) 2008 Daniel C. Redondo hires
* Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, D.M. Olson, C.J. Loucks, et al. (1999) Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment. World Wildlife Fund - United States and Canada. Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 160-162.