New York Natural Heritage Program
Red Maple-Blackgum Swamp
Red maple-blackgum swamp Shane Gebauer
System: Palustrine
SubSystem: Forested Mineral Soil Wetlands

State Protection: Not Listed
Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: Typically 6 to 20 occurrences, few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or factors demonstrably make it very vulnerable 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?
Ever wonder how tupelo honey received its name? Tupelo honey is a special type of light golden honey that never granulates. It is produced by using bees to pollinate the blackgum tree (Nyssa sylvatica), also called tupelo, by applying an unusual method. Bees are placed on elevated platforms in swamps during April and May. They travel only to the nearby blackgum blossoms, pollinate the trees, and return to the hive to produce tupelo honey.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are an estimated 20 to 30 extant occurrences statewide. A few documented occurrences have good viability and few are protected on public land or private conservation land. This community has a somewhat limited statewide distribution that is primarily concentrated on the coastal plain where there are several small, good quality examples. The current trend of this community is probably stable for occurrences on public land, or declining slightly elsewhere due to moderate threats that include alteration of the natural hydrology and introduction of invasive species.

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