New York Natural Heritage Program
Maple-Basswood Rich Mesic Forest
Maple-basswood rich mesic forest at Jerden Falls Forest. Gregory J. Edinger
System: Terrestrial
SubSystem: Forested Uplands

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?
Basswood's fibrous inner bark was the source of fiber for ropes, mats, fishnets, and baskets constructed by Native Americans and settlers. The soft, light, easily-worked wood was once the wood of choice for prosthetic limbs and is now still valued as excellent hand-carving wood.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are several hundred to a few thousand occurrences statewide. Some documented occurrences have good viability and many are protected on public land or private conservation land. This community is somewhat limited to the calcareous regions of the state, and includes several very large, high quality, old-growth 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. This community has declined substantially from historical numbers likely correlated with past logging, agiculture, and other development.

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