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The Natural Communities of Virginia
Classification of Ecological Community Groups

Second Approximation (Version 2.7)
Information current as of February, 2016


Table of Contents Table of Contents



Low-Elevation Mesic Forests

Ecological community groups with distributions centered below 1,070 m (3,500 ft) elevation and representing mesophytic to submesophytic forest vegetation. A few community types of the Rich Cove and Slope Forests, Acidic Cove Forests, and Eastern Hemlock - Hardwood Forests occasionally extend into the high-elevation zone (> 1,070 m).

photo of rich mesic forest with Trillium
© Gary P. Fleming

Rich Cove and Slope Forests

Basic Mesic Forests

Acidic Cove Forests

Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forests

Eastern Hemlock - Hardwood Forests

Northern White-Cedar Slope Forests