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Ozark Mountain forests
Five miles east of Hartshorne, Oklahoma on Hwy. 1 (c) 2010 Ron Thomas
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): 2 (regionally
The region has distinctive freshwater communities and the mountainous areas (Boston and Ouachita) have some of the best-developed oak-hickory forests in the United States.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 2 (endangered)
Only about 3% of the ecoregion is intact habitat and this is highly fragmented. The remaining intact habitat is mostly at high elevations and is threatened by logging, fire suppression, and conversion to agriculture.*
(northern red oak)
(shortleaf pine) (eastern redcedar)
Some associated habitats
* 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. 164-166.