Marshes, Wet Prairies and Lakes

Marshes, wet prairies, and lakes include community types such as natural lakes, freshwater marshes and wet prairies. Some general habitat characteristics for these community types are as follows. Freshwater Marsh habitat occurs in deeper, more strongly inundated situations and is characterized by tall emergent vegetation and floating-leaved species. Wet Prairies commonly occur in shallow, periodically inundated areas and are usually dominated by aquatic grasses, sedges, and their associates. Wet Prairies occur as scattered, shallow depressions within Dry Prairie and flatwoods habitat and on marl prairie areas in South Florida. Many of the 7,880 Natural Lakes in Florida retain an intimate connection with groundwater, and lack a natural surface outflow. The USFWS Multi-Species Recovery Plan for South Florida includes characteristics and specific habitat management objectives for freshwater marshes and wet prairies and cutthroat grass.

Example of Habitat Management Objectives:

Guana River WMA; Hungry Land WEA

General Habitat Management Techniques

Species potential by Community Type