New York Natural Heritage Program
Limestone Woodland
Limestone woodland at Thacher State Park Troy Weldy
System: Terrestrial
SubSystem: Barrens And Woodlands

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?
Wild strawberry (Fragaria virginiana) and barren strawberry (Waldsteinia fragaroides) are common herbs on the forest floor of limestone woodlands. Although both spread by runners, barren strawberry, as its name suggests, does not produce a fleshy fruit. It may be found next to the fleshy-fruit-bearing wild strawberry. The Iroquois consider wild strawberries to be a symbol of a new beginning because they are one of the earliest flowers and fruits of the year. They drink strawberry juice at this time to cleanse the soul and the spirit.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are several hundred occurrences statewide. There are some documented occurrences that have good viability and many are protected on public land or private conservation land. This community is limited to areas underlain with limestone bedrock across the state, and includes 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 related to development pressure and invasive plant species.

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