New York Natural Heritage Program
Maritime Post Oak Forest
Maritime post oak forest Gregory J. Edinger
System: Terrestrial
SubSystem: Forested Uplands

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?
Post oak (Quercus stellata), a dominant canopy species of maritime post oak communities occurs at the northern part of its range in New York. The common name of this tree comes from the fact that it is rot resistent in soil and thus has been used widely for the construction of fence posts. The specific epithet, "stellata," refers to the stellate, or star-like radiating hairs on the under side of the leaves. These hairs can be observed if the leaves are examined with a hand lens.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are about 50 to 100 occurrences on Long Island. A few documented occurrences have good viability and several are protected on public land or private conservation land. This community has a very limited distribution in the state and includes a couple 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 coastal development pressure.

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