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Maryland's Unique Biodiversity
Maryland-a small state-is home to a disproportionately large number of different native plant species and ecological communities. The current character of Maryland’s natural environment is not only a tale of habitat loss through direct conversion, fragmentation and unwitting destruction by development and altered landscapes in modernity but also a tale of Maryland’s historical landscape and the ebb and flow of climatic shifts in geological time.
This Chapter covers the following: