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Muskeg & Marsh

 

Northern fen

Flora, fauna, earth, and sky...
The natural history of the northwoods

Classification

  • Province: Laurentian Mixed Forest
    • Section: Northern Superior Uplands
      • Subsection: Border Lakes
  • System: Fire Dependent Woodland

Description:

  • The Alder/Willow Wetland, about 2.5% of the BWCAW by surface area
  • Slow moving subsurface water with dense, nearly impenetrable cover of tall shrubs
  • Signature Species

Indicator
Species:

Trees

Shrubs

Herbs

  • Sedges, Carex ssp

Ground Cover

  • Feather Moss,
  • Dicranum Moss, Dicranum spp
  • Hair Cap Mosses,
  • Sphagnum Moss, Sphagnum spp

Landform & Topography:

Soils & Hydrology:

Identification:

  • About 4.5% of the BWCAW by surface area
    • Signature Species
    • Arrowhead, Sagittaria spp
    • Blue Flag Iris, Iris versicolor
    • Cattail, Typha spp.
  • Sub-types
    • Marsh
    • Muskeg
  • Spruce Grouse, Dendragapus canadensis
  • Palm Warbler, Dendroica palmarumi
  • Le Conte's Sparrow, Ammospiza leconteii
  • Moose, Alces alces
  • Masked Shrew, Sorex cinereus

Natural
History

  • History

Other
Communities:

Lowland Plant Communities Upland Plant Communities
 

Boreal border

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Last updated on 30 June, 2004