Sarigan

Location: 16.7N, 145.8E

Elevation: 549m (1,801 ft.)

Area 4.9 sq. km

Island Type: volcanic cone, radially dissected, coastal cliffs

Sarigan is a Holocene stratovolcano with no known historic eruptions. The island is 95 nautical miles north of Saipan and 1.9 square miles in area. It is an inactive volcano. The island has numerous ravines and valleys with dense tropical vegetation. Perpendicular cliffs surround it, make landing difficult.

Natural Threats: cyclones.

Human Impact: formerly inhabited.

Ecosystems: rain forest in ravines, Miscanthus grassland on upper slopes.

Special features: archaeological sites; feral goats and pigs; proposed as marine sanctuary.

Species of conservation interest

Plants: 128 species recorded.

Birds: Megapodius laperouse laperouse (Marianas Megapode) group endemic subspecies,  Rare(RDB) 10-15 reported 1978.

Protected area

Protected under the constitution (strict nature reserve, I) 500 ha.

Ratings
Natural conservation status 2. 
Ecosystem richness 1. 
Species richness 1. 
Economic pressure 0. 
Human threat 0. 
Natural vulnerability 1. 
Practicality of conservation action 3. 
Reliability of data 1. 
Human Impact 0. 
Conservation Importance 15

Uracas  Maug   Ascuncion  Agrigan   Pagan  Alamagan   Guguan  Sarigan   Anatahan  Medinilla

Saipan  Tinian   Aguihan  Rota   Guam

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