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Allegheny Highlands forests (WWF
Forest near Greentown, Pennsylvania in autumn.
Source of bioregions data: Olson, D. M. and E. Dinerstein. The Global 200: Priority ecoregions for global conservation. (PDF file) Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 89:125-126.
Distinctiveness (1=highest,4=lowest): 4
The forests contain a mixture of northern and southern species. The ecoregion also has a unique pine barren community in the Pocono Mountains.*
Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most
intact): 2 (endangered)
Nearly all of the original forests have been logged with only 1% intact. However, some logged areas have been reforested. The original hemlock-beech and white pine forests have been mostly replaced by hardwoods.*
Some views from the ecoregion
Mixed forest, eastern Pennsylvania
(left 4 images) near Blooming Grove, Pennsylvania, (right 2 images) near Greentown, Pennsylvania hires hires hires hires hires hires
* Ricketts, T.H., E. Dinerstein, D.M. Olson, C.J. Loucks, et al. (1999) Terrestrial Ecoregions of North America: A Conservation Assessment. World Wildlife Fund - United States and Canada. Island Press, Washington, D.C. pp. 258-260.