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East Central Texas forests (WWF
near Harwood, Texas
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
This ecoregion is rich in butterflies and reptiles.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 1 (critical)
Approximately 25% of the natural vegetation remains, but it is highly fragmented and has been heavily altered. Conversion to agriculture and fire suppression are significant threats.*
Some views from the ecoregion
Disturbed roadside forest, eastern Texas
(left) west of Columbus, Texas, (2nd from left) near Woelder, Texas, (center and 2nd from right) near Harwood, Texas, (right) near Kingsbury, Texas hires hires hires 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. 258-260.