SE of Atsion


Staff member
Oct 25, 2002
Pines; Bamber area
Note the top arrow delineates a tributary (not named) to that Sleeper Creek system.

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Site Administrator
Jul 31, 2004
Ben's Branch, Stephen Creek
Okay, I'm going with "Atsion Burn Site" based upon this, it's a priority site.

FWIW, here is the site information. Full info on the priority sites can be found in the prisites.rtf file inside the .zip file here:

You can see the burned area on the 1980's aerials
Natural Heritage Priority Site

Atsion Burn

Locational Information

Quad Name: Atsion
County: Burlington ; Atlantic
Municipality: Washington Twp ; Shamong Twp ; Hammonton Town

Description of Site
The site is a 2000 acre patch of pitch pine lowland that burned in a 1984 fire. In many areas the hot fire burned woody vegetation and the organic layer of the soil leaving bare sand exposed. Many rare grasses, sedges, and herbs have covered large portions of the burned area. Rare insects that depend on rare plants as food sources have also flourished. Shrubs and pitch pine seedlings are reestablishing in parts of the burned area, but coverage is patchy.

Boundary Justification
Primary boundaries include the entire pitch pine lowland community which burned in a 1984 fire. Bounds follow existing sand roads which largely depict the extent of the community. Rt 206 forms the northwestern boundary, separating the community from another unburned patch on the other side of the road.

Biodiversity Rank B2
The site contains the largest pitch pine lowland in the world and 4 globally imperiled insect and globally imperiled State Endangered plant species; two of which are excellent populations. Additionally, 5 globally rare plant and insect species are present; three of which have excellent populations. Numerous other state rare species are present.
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Apr 6, 2004

I still hold to this hypothesis.
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