|Highbush blueberry bog thicket
SubSystem: Open Peatlands
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Of the temperate fruits, highbush blueberries have one of the highest concentrations of iron. Medicinal research suggests blueberries can relieve fevers, prevent cataracts, improve short term memory loss, reverse loss of balance and coordination, and treat varicose veins, hemorrhoids, and peptic ulcers. They are also known to benefit eyesight, be good blood cleansers, and improve circulation.
|State Ranking Justification||
There are several hundred occurrences statewide. There are some documented occurrences that have good viability and several are protected on public land or private conservation land. This community has statewide distribution, and includes a few, 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.
The numbers and acreage of highush blueberry bog thickets in New York have probably remained stable in recent decades as a result of wetland protection regulations.
The numbers and acreage of highush blueberry bog thickets in New York probably declined moderately from historical numbers likely correlated with the onset of agricultural and residential development.