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An historical prairie remnant in Virginia


Unique wet prairie/prairie fen remnants contain an assemblage of species seldom seen in Virginia and neighboring
states, making it of great importance to
the biodiversity of the Mid-Atlantic region of the US. These habitats contain species found in mesic prairies of the
Midwest and include several rare species. These habitats were historically burned and periodically grazed by
bison,now long absent in Virginia. An
example of a wet prairie/prairie fen is
described. Such habitats are now rare
and in need of protection and restoration by periodic burning and short duration grazing.

Issue & Pages:

Fall 2003 Pages: 104-106

Article Download:

4-2NPJ104-106.pdf (PDF document)


  • Peter Heus


wet prairie, prairie fen

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