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Wet Prairie

Wet prairies were once a common habitat in the floodplain of the Willamette River. These habitats occur on poorly drained clay soils or shallow soils above bedrock. Seasonal flooding creates anaerobic wetland soil characteristics (hydric). Many wet prairies were also historically maintained by late summer fires initiated by the Native Americans. Wet prairies are dominated by herbaceous plants, with some native grass species.

Flora

Grasses/Sedges:

Tufted hairgrassMeadow barley
One-sided sedgeDenseleaf sedge

Forbs:

CamasOregon sunshine
Elegant downingiaCoyote-thistle (1)

Fauna

Canada gooseNorthern harrier
Wilson s snipeAmerican grass bug
Short-eared owlGray fox
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