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Southern Great Lakes Forests
Bluffton University Nature Preserve, Bluffton, OH
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
Some rare ecological phenomena exist, such as dune systems associated with the Great Lakes and wetland remnants.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
Virtually none of the habitat in this ecoregion remains intact. Agriculture, and industrial and urban development have heavily impacted this area. Remaining habitat patches are tiny and severely fragmented. Immense wetlands have been drained and converted to agriculture.*
Some associated habitats
Quercus palustris (pin oak), andAcer rubrum (red maple).
* 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.