|Spruce-fir rocky summit
SubSystem: Barrens And Woodlands
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The bark blisters on balsam fir contain oleoresin, used as a medium to mount microscope specimens, in the production of glue, as a cement for optical systems, and in the manufacturing of candles. Varnishes, turpentine, and balsam oil are also manufactured from this resin.
|State Ranking Justification||
There are a few hundred occurrences statewide. There are a few large, high quality occurrences protected on state land. This community is limited to the higher elevations of the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains. The current trend of this community is probably declining slightly due to the combined effects of atmospheric deposition and recreational overuse. This community has probably declined moderately from historical numbers likely correlated with fire suppression, development, and to a lesser extent logging.
The number and acreage of spruce-fir rocky summits in New York have probably remained stable in recent decades as a result conservation efforts at high elevation areas in the state.
The number and acreage of spruce-fir rocky summits in New York have probably declined moderately from historical numbers as a result of fire suppression and to a lesser extent logging.