New York Natural Heritage Program
Inland Poor Fen
Inland poor fen at Raquette Boreal Forest Shane Gebauer
System: Palustrine
SubSystem: Open 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: 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?
Did you know that certain inland poor fen plants, such as pitcher plants, use insect larvae to "eat" insects? Most plants receive their nutrients from the soil. However in nutrient poor soils of inland poor fens these plants digest insects to receive their nutrients. The pitcher plant has a hood-like "pitcher" leaf that holds water and nectar glands that attract insects. Insects are forced down the "pitcher" leaves into the water by downward pointed hairs. The insect is broken down by microorganisms and insect larvae that live in the plant's water. The nutrients from the insects are taken in by the plant. By early summer, the insect larvae reach their adult stage and fly away from the pitcher plant.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are several thousand occurrences statewide. Some documented occurrences have good viability and are protected on public land or private conservation land. This community is widespread throughout upstate New York, and includes several very 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 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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