New York Natural Heritage Program
Brackish Meadow
Brackish meadow at Napeague State Park Stephen M. Young
System: Estuarine
SubSystem: Estuarine Intertidal

State Protection: Not Listed
Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1S2
A State Rarity Rank of S1S2 means: Critically Imperiled or Imperiled in New York - Especially or very vulnerable to disappearing from New York due to rarity or other factors; typically 20 or fewer populations or locations in New York, very few individuals, very restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or steep declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Global Rarity Rank: G2G3
A Global Rarity Rank of G2G3 means: Imperiled or Vulnerable globally - At high or moderate risk of extinction due to rarity or other factors; typically 80 or fewer populations or locations in the world, few individuals, restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or recent and widespread declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.


Did you know?
Switchgrass, little bluestem, and big bluestem, common species in brackish meadows, are also characteristic of midwestern tall-grass prairies. Switchgrass, in particular, has multiple commercial uses. It is cultivated and planted for erosion control, maintained as a forage crop for livestock, used to make biodegradable plastics, and is being considered for the mass production of ethanol (McLaughlin and Kszos 2005).

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are an estimated 50 extant occurrences statewide. The very few currently documented occurrences are small, but have good viability and are protected on public or private conservation land. Despite this protection, the community's trend is declining; it is threatened by development activities and exotic flora invasion.

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