Chapters: Rome Sand Plains, Pleasant Plains, Staten Island,
Neversink Gorge, Sandy Pond Beach Unique Area, List of New York
State Forests, California Hill State Forest, Susquehanna State
Forest, Mt. Loretto Unique Area, Sandy Island Beach Unique Area,
Rome Sand Plains Unique Area. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 42. Not
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more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Rome Sand Plains
is a 15,000-acre (61 km) pine barrens consisting of a mosaic of
sand dunes extending about 50 feet (15 m) above low peat bogs that
lie between the dunes. The barrens are covered with mixed northern
hardwood forests, meadows, and wetlands. The sand plains are about
5 miles (8.0 km) west of the city center of Rome, New York, which
is in Oneida County; about 4,000 acres (16 km) presently lie in
conservation preserves. Pine barrens are typical of seacoasts; the
Rome Sand Plains is one of only a handful of inland pine barrens
remaining in the United States. E. W. Russell has described the
Sand Plains as follows, "The landscape today forms a sharp contrast
with the surrounding flat, fertile farmland, which is almost all
cleared of trees and planted in crops. Uplands, including some
dunes, support forest vegetation of American beech, white oak
(Quercus alba), red and sugar maples, white and pitch pine (Pinus
strobus and P. rigida), gray birch (Betula populifola), hemlock,
aspen (Populus spp.), American elm, and other northern hardwood
species. Some uplands are also characterized as pitch pine heats,
dominated by pitch pines with an understory of blueberries
(Vaccinium spp.) and other related (ericaceous) shrubs. Pitch pine
is the characteristic tree of the wetlands, along with aspen, gray
birch, and red maple, along with an ericaceous shrub layer." There
are several rare species in the Sand Plains, including the purple
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