Threatened, Endangered, and Proposed (TEP) Plant Profile

Scirpus ancistrochaetus, northeastern bulrush.
Scirpus ancistrochaetus. Photo by Steve Croy.

Scirpus ancistrochaetus, northeastern bulrush.
Scirpus ancistrochaetus. Photo by Steve Croy.

Scirpus ancistrochaetus, northeastern bulrush habitat.
Scirpus ancistrochaetus habitat. Photo by Steve Croy.

Scirpus ancistrochaetus, northeastern bulrush, range map.
Scirpus ancistrochaetus range map.

Scirpus ancistrochaetus, northeastern bulrush

ESA Status

Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Species Profile link below for links to listing and other USFWS documents.

Threats

  • Habitat destruction or degradation through wetland filling, draining, and dredging for development, agriculture, and recreation
  • Drawdown of the water table by residential developments and industrial activities
  • Land use practices that disrupt or alter the flow of surface water into wetlands in which they occur
  • Timber harvesting effects: increased silt load entering the ponds, invasion of exotic plants because of soil disturbance and increased light availability
  • Agricultural effects: eutrophication induced by agricultural runoff (fertilizers), herbicides
  • Habitat damage from all-terrain vehicles; most northeastern bulrush sites dry out partially during droughts, allowing vehicular access to the habitat (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)
  • Because most northeastern bulrush occurrences are very small and isolated, they are particularly vulnerable to loss by stochastic events, such as tree-falls, floods, severe droughts, and insect or disease attack.
  • Other natural threats include fire, succession, beaver, and long-term disruption of natural water level fluctuations
  • Another threat inherent in small, isolated populations is inbreeding, with subsequent loss of genetic diversity

Conservation Status

National Forest and Grassland Occurrence

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