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For information on Wisconsin's natural communities, contact:
Ryan O'Connor
Natural Heritage Inventory Assistant Ecologist

Miscellaneous natural communities

This group captures those natural communities that have few, if any, common themes that would allow them to fall into one of the other broad natural community groupings. Many of the communities within this group contain highly specialized flora and fauna reflective of the unique environment that they are dependent upon. Seeps, ice, wave action, water level fluctuation and bedrock-shaped, these communities support many rare, sometimes regionally endemic species. Included are the more common dry cliff and Great Lakes beach, the ecologically diverse forested ridge and swale, and the extremely rare, highly specialized algific talus slope. Several other often obscure, lesser known natural communities are also included within the Miscellaneous Group.

Last revised: Tuesday, November 28, 2017