Low Pocosin


Often called simply shrub pocosin, this habitat type falls into two categories according to Frost (1995): true ombrotrophic low pocosins (influenced by nutrient deficient deep organic soils) and fire maintained low pocosins. Fire on a frequency of between 1 and 7 years maintains fire-influenced low pocosin. Because these sites have more nutrients available for plant growth, the absence of frequent fire will lead to development of tall shrub pocosin and eventually decadent stands of shrub and succession to tall tree pocosin. Cranberry and pitcher plant bogs occur throughout these pocosins, especially where ground fires have created potholes in the soil. The refuge has one 100-acre low pocosin site.