New York Natural Heritage Program
Dwarf Pine Plains
Dwarf Pine Barrens Stephen M. Young
System: Terrestrial
SubSystem: Barrens And Woodlands

State Protection: Not Listed
Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S1
A State Rarity Rank of S1 means: Typically 5 or fewer occurrences, very few remaining individuals, acres, or miles of stream, or some factor of its biology makes it especially vulnerable in New York State.

Global Rarity Rank: G1G2
A Global Rarity Rank of G1G2 means: Critically Imperiled or Imperiled globally - At very high or high risk of extinction due to rarity or other factors; typically 20 or fewer populations or locations in the world, very few individuals, very restricted range, few remaining acres (or miles of stream), and/or steep declines. More information is needed to assign a single conservation status.

Did you know?
"Fire fight at sunrise! Drought-racked pine woods of Long Island's Suffolk county has worst wildfire in New York State for a century." That was the headline in the papers the summer of 1995. 7000 acres of pine barren forest burned over an 11 day period. 2000 firefighters came to fight the blaze. Two hundred members of the U.S. Forest Service's elite Hot Shot crews and fire management staff flew in from the West. There were minor injuries, some property damage, and luckily no deaths. The fire was named for the Sunrise Highway that passes through the pine barrens. But the pine barrens came back. Just one week after the Sunrise Fire, tiny green sprouts pushed up through the ashes that blanketed the base of scrub oaks. Two weeks after the fire, the pines began sending up sprouts. By October, those little oak sprouts had grown more than a foot tall (Beil 1995). Pine barrens are a fire dependent natural community. Periodic fires are necessary to maintain the unique species composition.

State Ranking Justification [-]
The dwarf pine plains natural community is restricted to the coastal lowlands in eastern Long Island. There is only one large, over 1000 acre, site for this community type in New York.

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