Natural Communities

Assemblages of Plants and Animals

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Vermont hosts over 80 natural communities ranging from The Limestone Bluff Cedar Pine Forest (banner photo) to Dry Oak Forests to Dwarf Shrub Bogs.  naturalcommunities_burlington2Natural communities are assemblages “of organisms, their physical environment, and the natural processes that affect them.”  (Wetland, Woodland, Wildland, 2000)  Vermont Master Naturalists explore the natural communities that give each town its unique character. Gus Goodwin leads VMN Richmond naturalists on a hike through a Silver Maple Ostrich Fern Riverine Floodplain Forest identifying trees and assessing soil texture (above) and VMN Burlington naturalists (’17) visit a Pine-Oak-Heath Sandplain Forest (bottom.)  Banner photo by Sean Beckett;  Richmond photos by Kate Blofson.

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Illustration by Libby Davidson

Banner photo by Sean Beckett