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Elevations and forest types


Elevations and forest types along the Blue Ridge Parkway

By Dirk Frankenberg

This Carolina Environmental Diversity Explorations “virtual field trip” explores the great range of forest types found in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, which are as diverse as those found at lower elevations from North Carolina to Canada. You’ll learn about chestnut oak forests, rich cove forests, northern hardwood forests, spruce-fir forests, and the strange “balds” of the mountains where no trees grow, and you’ll learn about the environmental factors that create this incredible diversity.

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