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Mississippi Lowland Forests
Taxodium distichum (bald cypress) swamp, Louisiana (c) 2001 Maurice J. Kaurmann
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): 3 (bioregionally
This ecoregion is part of an important migratory bird flyway. Bottomland hardwood forests were among the most interesting ecological communities in U.S., but nearly all in this region were destroyed.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
About 5-9% of the habitat is not converted to agriculture and other uses. Blocks of remaining habitat are in the wettest sites and are not representative of the ecoregion's major habitats. Remaining blocks of habitat are fragmented and threatened by alteration of river flow and logging.*
Mississippi River, Meeman-Shelby State Park, Memphis, Tennessee (c) 2005 Steven J. Baskauf hires
Betula nigra (river birch)
Quercus phellos (willow oak)
Toxicodendron radicans (eastern poison ivy)
* 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. 194-195.