New York Natural Heritage Program
Open Alpine Community
Alpine meadow on Mount Skylight Tim Howard
System: Terrestrial
SubSystem: Open Uplands

State Protection: Not Listed
Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G3G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G3G4 means: Vulnerable globally, or Apparently Secure -- At moderate risk of extinction, with relatively few populations or locations in the world, few individuals, and/or restricted range; or uncommon but not rare globally; may be rare in some parts of its range; possibly some cause for long-term concern due to declines or other factors. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.


Did you know?
Many of the plants characteristic of the open alpine community have a circumboreal distribution, meaning they may also be found growing at localities around the globe in the arctic tundra of high latitudes. Open alpine communities are limited to the highest elevation areas of the state above timberline (about 3,500 feet).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are a limited number of open alpine communities statewide. This small patch community has much less than 200 acres in the state. Open alpine communities are limited to the highest elevation areas of the state above timberline (about 3,500 feet).The vegetation of the open alpine community is fragile and threatened by trampling by visitors. Although all occurrences are protected on state land, all are threatened by the combined effects of recreational overuse, atmospheric deposition, and possibly climate change.

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