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Northeastern Coastal Forests
Bucktoe Creek Tract near Kennett Square, PA (c) 2006 David G. Smith
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 ecosystem is relatively rich in species and has the highest richness of bird species of North American broadleaf forests. *
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
Suburban development has eliminated all but about 2% of the natural habitat in this ecoregion. There is virtually no old-growth forest or large blocks of intact habitat. The area is highly fragmented.*
Castanea dentata (American chestnut) formerly a dominant canopy species, but now nearly extinct
(northern red oak)
(southern red oak)
Bucktoe Creek Tract near Kennett Square, PA (c) 2006, 2007 David G. Smith hires 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. 170-175.