Streamshore Ecosystem

  State Rank: S4

This is the group of communities bordering and directly influenced by the open-water portion of a stream (first-order through third or fourth-order). It includes vegetated aquatic communities as well as the emergent and bordering communities. Most communities are palustrine; streams are generally too small to exert many disturbance effects on adjacent terrestrial areas. Terrestrial forests bordering streams are included under forested upland ecosystems.

Natural Communities Associated with Streamshore Ecosystem