Listed on more than one “valuable wetland” list by natural resource agencies or nongovernment organizations.
Protects biological diverse wetland flora, fauna and/or their habitat
Supports significant numbers of wetland-dependent fauna, such as water birds or fish
Exemplary Ecosystem Services:
Maintains ecological connectivity/cohesion
Aesthetic/cultural heritage value/ provisioning
Recreation (birdwatching, ecotourism)
Water quality improvement
CONSERVATION STATUS AND THREATS
Conservation status: State/Province/Regional Protection
Adjacent Land Use: Residential - medium density
Approximate natural buffer width:
> 100 ft
General wetland characterization:
Inland Fresh Wooded Swamp
Coastal Salt Meadow
Coastal Regularly Flooded Salt Marsh
Coastal Saline Sound/Bay
Adjacent Water Bod(ies):
Name of body of water: Wequetequock River and Wequetequock Cove (west) and Little Narragansett Bay (south)
Glacial till and salt marsh deposits.
Charlton-Chatfield complex, Pawcatuck mucky peat, Westbrook mucky peat, Paxton and Montauk fine sandy loam, and many others
FLORA AND FAUNA
Dominant flora: Swithgrass, spike rush, smooth cordgrass, saltmeadow cordgrass, blackgrass, common reed, narrowleaf cattail, eel grass, Northern marsh elder, American beachgrass, red maple, red and black oak, Northern spicebush, black gum, highbush blueberry.
Unique flora: Interesting interface between black gum, switch grass and black grass.
Dominant fauna: Heron, Ibis, Osprey, rails, terns, plover, egret, bittern, sparrow, spotted turtle and many land mammals. Extensive list of birds and other fauna available via Audubon Society website and Management Assessment Report.