New York Natural Heritage Program
Ice Cave Talus Community

New York State Distribution [-]
Ice cave talus communities are currently known from the Adirondack Mountains, the Shawangunk Mountains, and the Catskill Mountains. Otherwise the range of this community is uncertain. Similar ice caves probably occur elsewhere in New England. "Algific" talus slopes in the midwest may be similar.

Global Distribution [-]
This broadly-defined community may be circumboreal, where substantial amounts of ice accumulate within fractured talus. Examples are suspected to range from northern New England (e.g., Skinner Hollow Cave at Mt. Equinox, VT) and the Adirondack Mountains of New York. Ice caves are also reported from West Virginia (Ice Mountain, WV). Similar cold air producing "algific talus slopes" in the Midwest U.S. may be classified as this community, but need critical comparison of floristic composition.
Best Places to See
• Catskill Park (Ulster County)
• Fulton Chain Wild Forest, Adirondack Park (Herkimer County)
• High Peaks Wilderness Area, Adirondack Park (Essex County)
• Mckenzie Mountain Wilderness Area, Adirondack Park (Essex County)
• Sentinel Range Wilderness Area, Adirondack Park (Essex County)