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Atlantic coastal pine barrens
Pine barrens, Stafford Forge WMA, Ocean Co., NJ (c) 2005 Daniel P. Duran
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
Because of the dry, sandy soil, pine barrens do not have particularly rich floras, although the barrens support some rare and endemic plant and animal species.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 4 (relatively stable)
About 10% is intact habitat. Urbanization in New Jersey and suburban sprawl has destroyed habitat and the close proximity of homes has resulted in fire suppression, which has altered the species composition of habitats.*
Quercus marilandica (blackjack oak)
Quercus stellata (post oak)
* 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. 262-263.