Piney Point Tract Shrubland
Only one shrubland is currently present, though historically there were two (Figure 1, Table 1). Northeastern Successional Shrubland has matured into forest since 1937. Irregularly Flooded Eastern Tidal Salt Shrub has gained overall since 1937 but is declining in the recent period (2002-2012). The decline of salt shrub is part of an overall trend in losses of high marsh and maritime shrub habitats.
|Table 1. Piney Point Tract Shrubland
|Irregularly Flooded Eastern Tidal Salt Shrub||32,942.29||96,369.80||69,635.58||51,977.84|
|Northeastern Successional Shrubland||24,234.00||0.00||0.00||0.00|
Overview of Shrubland Communities
Northeastern Successional Shrubland (CEGL006451)
This successional shrubland, present in 1937, has matured into forest and is no longer found in the tract.
Irregularly Flooded Eastern Tidal Salt Shrub (CEGL003921)
This maritime shrub community has experienced a net gain in area since 1937. However, it has declined in the recent period from a high in 2002. It is likely that this decrease will continue in the future.