Andros Island,the Bahamas in the Caribbean
Pine forests are distributed throughout the Bahamas island archipelago and Turks and Caicos Islands representing a unique habitat association in the Caribbean. The small over all geographic size of this ecoregion combined with continuing pressures from population growth and associated infrastructure development makes these pine forests particularly prone to degradation and disturbance. A history of land-use practices that include deforestation and intensive agricultural alteration of much of the original forest cover have contributed to a subsequent loss of species richness. Fortunately, logging licenses were relinquished to the Crown in 1974, which has kept tree felling localized and sporadic with allowances for natural regeneration to occur in many areas. The biodiversity includes numerous resident and migrating bird species as well as a variety of mammals and reptiles that are regionally distinct.
800 square miles
Location and General Description
Types and Severity of Threats
Justification of Ecoregion Delineation
Brown, D.E., F. Reichenbacher, and S.E. Franson. 1998. A classification of North American biotic communities. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.
Prepared by: Sean Armstrong
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