|Red pine rocky summit plot on Buck Mountain in Washington County, NY.
||Gregory J. Edinger
SubSystem: Barrens And Woodlands
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Red pine (Pinus resinosa) has long, thick needles in bundles of two that are dark green and snap cleanly when bent. White pine (Pinus strobus) has soft, slender needles in bundles of five that are pale green in color. Pitch pine (Pinus rigida) has stiff, thick needles in bundles of three that are dark green in color.
|State Ranking Justification||
Given the limited distribution of red pine in New York, this community was likely never common in the state. There are probably fewer than 20 occurrences left in good condition, and the sizes are presumed to be relatively small. One documented occurrence has good viability and is protected on public land. This community has a somewhat limited statewide distribution (correlated to slightly acidic to low pH bedrock geology). Most examples are presumed to be relatively small and disturbed. This community has probably declined from historical numbers that were likely low and the currently documented occurrence has only minor threats including fire suppression and recreational overuse.
The number and acreage of red pine rocky summits in New York have probably declined slightly in recent decades as a result of fire suppression and recreational disturbances.
The number and acreage of red pine rocky summits in New York have probably declined by a large amount from historical numbers as a result of fire suppression and logging.