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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




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).


Rich Cove and Slope Forests

Basic Mesic Forests

Acidic Cove Forests

Mesic Mixed Hardwood Forests

Eastern Hemlock - Hardwood Forests

Northern White-Cedar Slope Forests

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