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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




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.


Maritime Dune Grasslands

Maritime Dune Scrub

Maritime Dune Woodlands

Maritime Upland Forests

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