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Piney Woods forests (WWF ecoregion NA0523)  

forest near Vidor, Texas
near Vidor, Texas

Piney Woods forests
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 outstanding)
Originally dominated by longleaf pine (Pinus palustris), that species has to a large extent been replaced by shortleaf (P. echinata) and loblolly (P. echinata) pines in plantations.*

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 2 (endangered)
Only 3 percent of the habitat is intact.  Logging of the original forest and fire suppression along with urbanization has been the major cause of habitat loss.*

Characteristic species*

Sandhill pine forests:
Pinus palustris (longleaf pine) (c) 2005 Lisa Kelly
Pinus echinata (shortleaf pine)
Pinus taeda (loblolly pine)
Quercus incana (bluejack oak)
Quercus stellata (post oak)
Ilex vomitoria (post oak)
Cornus florida (flowering dogwood)

Savannalike areas:
Nyssa sylvatica (tupelo)
Liquidambar styraciflua (sweet gum)
Magnolia virginiana (sweetbay magnolia)

Associated habitats

Second-growth forest near Pine Mills, Wood County, Texas

Pond, near Pine Mills, Texas Pond, near Pine Mills, Texas Pond, near Pine Mills, Texas Pond, near Pine Mills, Texas
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Roadside forest, near Vidor, Texas

Roadside forest near Vidor, Texas Roadside forest near Vidor, Texas
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* 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. 277-280.

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