Lakeplain Prairie

This unique coastal habitat is also called coastal lake plain. Lakeplain prairies or coastal lake plains are low-lying, wet prairie-like areas adjacent to or very close to water.

Historically these habitats occur in combination with other community types. They experience seasonal flooding and include small pockets that remain wet throughout the year.

Many coastal lakeplains have been drained for development. Remaining lakeplain prairie remnants support an array of plant communities, with some remnants supporting as many as 200 plant species.

Typical plant species in the lakeplain prairie include blue-joint grass, cordgrass, and various sedges and rushes. These sites also support a number of amphibian and reptile species as well as several species of grassland songbirds.

Remaining lakeplain prairie remnants support an array of plant communities, with some remnants supporting as many as 200 plant species.

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