Natural Communities of NH -- Photo Guide

Rich sugar maple - oak - hickory terrace forest



NOTE: this is no longer considered a distinct natural community type.


Rich sugar maple - oak - hickory terrace forest
, an uncommon, enriched community type restricted to valley bottoms along major rivers like the Merrimack and Connecticut, likely supports the highest diversity of tree and woody plant species than any other community in the state. There is often an interesting mix of species found in floodplain forests, rich mesic forests, upland forests, and seeps.


Rich sugar maple - oak - hickory terrace forest along the Merrimack River in Hooksett (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Rich sugar maple - oak - hickory terrace forest along
the Merrimack River in Hooksett (photo by Ben Kimball)

Rich sugar maple - oak - hickory terrace forest at the base of a bluff below the Forest Society's headquarters in Concord (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Rich sugar maple - oak - hickory terrace forest at the base of a bluff
below the Forest Society's headquarters in Concord (photo by Ben Kimball)

Small area of rich sugar maple terrace forest at Bedell Bridge State Park (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)
Small area of rich sugar maple - oak - hickory terrace forest
at Bedell Bridge State Park (photo by Ben Kimball)

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