New York Natural Heritage Program
Inland Salt Pond
Carncross Salt Pond
System: Lacustrine
SubSystem: Natural Lakes And Ponds

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: G2
A Global Rarity Rank of G2 means: Imperiled globally because of rarity (6 - 20 occurrences, or few remaining acres, or miles of stream) or very vulnerable to extinction throughout its range because of other factors.


Did you know?
The nickname "The Salt City" was given to Syracuse during the boom time, during the 1700 and 1800s, of the commerical salt industry in the area. During this period, brine from springs including very likely some of the remnant inland salt ponds was one of the local resources used in large scale salt production (Kappel 2000).

State Ranking Justification [-]
This small patch community has been degraded or destroyed throughout its range. The largest examples were likely lost to activities related to salt mining and other industrial development. New York State is at the edge of the range of the community. There are only two currently documented occurrences in New York, and probably not many more historically given that its range is primarily restricted to areas associated with inland salt springs in central New York. There is only one documented occurrence with very good viability in the state (i.e., one AB-ranked occurrence) and it is protected on private conservation land. The current trend of this community is declining moderately as a result of invasive species, agricultural and urban development, and alteration to the natural hydrology.

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