|Maple-basswood rich mesic forest at Jerden Falls Forest.
||Gregory J. Edinger
SubSystem: Forested Uplands
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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.
The number and acreage of maple-basswood rich mesic forests in New York have probably declined moderately in recent decades as a result of logging, agriculture, and development.
The number and acreage of maple-basswood rich mesic forests in New York have probably declined substantially from historical numbers likely correlated with past logging, agiculture, and development.