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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


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Maritime Zone Communities

Ecological community groups with distributions and vegetation controlled by oceanic influences (e.g., deep sand deposits, salt spray, maritime microclimates). In Virginia, these are confined to narrow zones along both flanks of the Eastern Shore, the western shore of the Chesapeake Bay, and the Atlantic shore in extreme southeastern Virginia.

photo of shifting dunes and dune grasses
© Gary P. Fleming

Maritime Dune Grasslands

Maritime Dune Scrub

Maritime Dune Woodlands

Maritime Upland Forests