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New England/Acadian Forests (WWF ecoregion NA0410) View National Geographic WildWorld profile,(WildWorld home), View  WWF Wildfinder animal species list (WildFinder home)

Stream near Washburnham, Massachusetts
Stream near Washburnham, Massachusetts
(c) 2008 Paul Somers


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): 3 (bioregionally outstanding)
This bioregion is a moderately rich temperate mixed forest.  It is relatively rich in bird species due to the mixture of hardwoods and conifers.  Fourteen species of conifers are present. *

Conservation Status (1=most endangered, 5=most intact): 2 (endangered)
Although the majority of the ecoregion is now forested, only about 5% of the habitat remains intact.  Logging is the main cause of habitat loss.*

Characteristic species*
 
Picea rubens (red spruce)
 
Pinus resinosa (red pine)
 
Acer saccharum  (sugar maple)
Fagus grandifolia (American beech)
Betula alleghaniensis (yellow birch)
Tsuga canadensis (eastern hemlock)
 
Abies balsamea (balsam fir)
 
Picea glauca (white spruce)
 
Pinus strobus (white pine)

Associated habitats


(Left) Mixture of hardwoods and conifers on a slope in the White Mountains, (right) view, Crawford Notch State Park, New Hampshire  (c) 2004 Maurice J. Kaurmann   hires  hires

Fall foliage, Mendon, Vermont
fall foliage near Mendon, VT fall foliage near Mendon, VT fall foliage near Mendon, VT
 (c) 2010 Daniel C. Redondo  hires  hires  hires
Wetlands, Ottauquechee River, Vermont
wetlands, Ottauquechee River, VT wetlands, Ottauquechee River, VT wetlands, Ottauquechee River, VT
 (c) 2010 Daniel C. Redondo  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. 170-175.

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