New York Natural Heritage Program
Black Spruce-Tamarack Bog
Black spruce-tamarack bog / dwarf shrub bog plot at Shingle Shanty Small Bog Gregory J. Edinger
System: Palustrine
SubSystem: Forested Peatlands

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: G4G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G4G5 means: Apparently or Demonstrably Secure globally - Uncommon to common in the world, but not rare; usually widespread, but 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?
The common name for the tamarack comes from the Algonquian Native American name that means "wood used for snowshoes." Other Algonquian names that are used in English are mainly animals such as caribou, moose, chipmunk, raccoon, muskrat, opossum, woodchuck, and skunk and plants such as hickory and pecan.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are several hundred occurrences statewide. Some documented occurrences have good viability and are protected on public land or private conservation land. This community has a limited distribution to the northern half of the state, and includes several very large, high quality examples. The current trend of this community is probably stable for occurences on public land, or declining slightly elsewhere due to moderate threats related to development pressure or alteration to the natural hydrology. This community has declined moderately to substantially from historical numbers likely correlated with peat mining and logging and development of the surrounding landscape.

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