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Summer 2014 Brings Forth a New National Natural Landmark

Albany Pine Bush
Albany Pine Bush. Photo by M. Brick/University of Richmond.

In early July 2014, Secretary Jewell officially designated Albany Pine Bush as a National Natural Landmark (NNL), bringing the nation-wide total to 597 exceptional sites that exemplify our country's natural heritage.

NNL designation heralds the significant natural features at this site and creates a partnership for conservation between the National Park Service (NPS) and the site landowners.

Albany Pine Bush is one of the best examples of inland pine barren ecosystems in the world, providing habitat to more than 1300 species of plants, 156 species of birds, more than 30 species of mammals, and 20 species of amphibians and reptiles. The globally rare pitch pine-scrub oak barrens that occupy the site's upland dunes and diverse wetlands support the federally listed endangered Karner blue butterfly among numerous species of special concern.

Located in Albany County, the site is owned and cooperatively managed by multiple private and public organizations, working in partnership as the Albany Pine Bush Preserve Commission. Learn more about the newest NNL and the Commission's conservation and education efforts.

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Last Updated: October 02, 2014