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NATURAL HERITAGE

THE NATURAL COMMUNITIES OF VIRGINIA
CLASSIFICATION OF ECOLOGICAL COMMUNITY GROUPS


Second Approximation (Version 2.6)
Information current as of July, 2013




HIGH-ELEVATION MOUNTAIN COMMUNITIES

Ecological community groups with distributions centered above 1,070 m (3,500 ft) elevation and representing structurally and compositionally diverse vegetation rich in northern species.


Spruce and Fir Forests

Southern Appalachian Shrub and Grass Balds

Northern Hardwood Forests

High-Elevation Boulderfield Forests and Woodlands

High-Elevation Cove Forests

Northern Red Oak Forests

High-Elevation Outcrop Barrens

photo of yellow birch and evergreen woodfern (c) Gary P. Fleming