New York Natural Heritage Program
Salt Panne
Salt panne at Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Gateway National Recreation Area Gregory J. Edinger
System: Estuarine
SubSystem: Estuarine Intertidal

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: 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?
Salicornia (glasswort or sea asparagus), a characteristic succulent plant of salt pannes, is a culinary delicacy in some circles. It is a crisp, salty vegetable that can be eaten pickled, sauteed in olive oil, or raw in salicornia salad.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are estimated to be between 10 and 25 occurrences of this community statewide. The several documented occurrences have good viability and are protected on public land or private conservation land. The community is restricted to salt marshes along the seacoast of the Coastal Lowlands ecozone, and is best developed on the south shore of Long Island, especially in areas of low mean tidal range. The current trend of the community is declining. Substantial primary threats, common to all salt marsh complexes, include ditching and draining, dredging and filling, common reed (Phragmites australis) invasion, poor water quality, diking and impoundment, inlet stabilization, shoreline hardening, wrack accumulation, altered sediment budget, subsidence, changes in water circulation patterns, restricted tidal connection, and altered tidal hydrodynamics.

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