New York Natural Heritage Program
Red Pine Rocky Summit
Red pine rocky summit plot on Buck Mountain in Washington County, NY. Gregory J. Edinger
System: Terrestrial
SubSystem: Barrens And Woodlands

State Protection: Not Listed
Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S3
A State Rarity Rank of S3 means: Typically 21 to 100 occurrences, limited acreage, or miles of stream in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G4
A Global Rarity Rank of G4 means: Apparently secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
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.

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