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Proceedings of the Back Bay Ecological Symposium



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Back Bay Ecological Symposium


The Back Bay Region has long been known for the richness of its flora. This catalog is an attempt to bring together all the known listings of the flora, both historic and recent. Previous references to the flora of this area are also provided in the bibliography. The area under discussion includes False Cape State Park, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (including its proposed expansion), the community of Sandbridge ending at the Dam Neck Naval Fleet Combat Training Center fence, Trojan and Pocahontas Waterfowl Management Areas, Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge north of the causeway, the Virginia portion of Knotts Island, and other public and private lands and waterways draining into the bay. The Catalog presently is comprised of 109 families, with 309 genera encompassing 574 species.

Over fifty of the plants listed are currently on the Virginia Natural Heritage Program's list of rare species. It is obvious that further destruction of their natural habitats can only speed the extirpation of many of these species.