New York Natural Heritage Program
Red Maple-Tamarack Peat Swamp
Red maple-tamarack peat swamp D.J. Evans
System: Palustrine
SubSystem: Forested Peatlands

State Protection: Not Listed
Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2S3
A State Rarity Rank of S2S3 means: Imperiled or Vulnerable in New York - Very vulnerable to disappearing from New York, or vulnerable to becoming imperiled in New York, due to rarity or other factors; typically 6 to 80 populations or locations in New York, 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.

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?
Unlike most conifers such as pine and spruce, tamarack is deciduous and loses its leaves in the fall like maples and oaks. Other conifers lose their leaves too, but in a different way. A small portion of "evergreen" leaves (needles) are shed continuously throughout the entire year, while tamaracks and other deciduous trees lose all of their leaves at once.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are several hundred occurrences statewide. A few documented occurrences have good viability and several are protected on public land or private conservation land. This community is sparsely scattered but widespread throughout upstate New York, and includes a several large, high quality examples. The current trend of this community is probably stable for occurrences on public land, or declining slightly elsewhere due to moderate threats that include alteration of the natural hydrology (primarily by beaver) and invasive species.

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