Prairie

Habitat Type
Prairiex520-Leonard
There are approximately 315 acres of high marsh habitat classified as 'prairie' on the Refuge. This prairie habitat is interspersed with 'pimple mounds', geologic formations about 20 to 40 feet in diameter that are 1 to 1.5 feet above the elevation of the surrounding terrain. One species of interest occurring in prairie habitat on the Refuge is gamma grass (Tripsacum dactyloides), which has been identified as a native plant to coastal prairies. Prairie habitat on the Refuge is managed by periodic prescribed burning, mowing, and discing.

Facts About Prairie

  • Only 315 acres
  • Intensely managed by refuge staff