Acadian-Appalachian Alpine Tundra

   

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Acadian-Appalachian alpine tundra

pdf Guide for this habitat.
Regional Distribution: ME, NH, NY, VT. 8,185 total acres of habitat, of which 98.1% is conserved.
 







Description:
A sparsely vegetated system near or above treeline in the Northern Appalachian Mountains, dominated by lichens, dwarf-shrubland, and sedges. At the highest elevations, the dominant plants are dwarf heaths such as alpine bilberry and cushion-plants such as diapensia. Bigelow’s sedge is characteristic. Wetland depressions, such as small alpine bogs and rare sloping fens, may be found within the surrounding upland matrix. In the lower subalpine zone, deciduous shrubs such as nannyberry provide cover in somewhat protected areas; dwarf heaths including crowberry, Labrador tea, sheep laurel, and lowbush blueberry, are typical. Nearer treeline, spruce and fir that have become progressively more stunted as exposure increases may form nearly impenetrable krummholz.

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