Beaver Marsh Trail - #3 - The Importance of Wetlands
What are Wetlands?
Tell me more about the Wetland in Beaver Marsh.
As mentioned earlier, there are many different species that live in wetlands. Some plant species that are native to the Beaver Marsh area include Indian hemp, boneset, jewelweed, swamp rose, elderberry, button bush and silky dogwood. There are also many invasive plant species as well such as Microstegium, Japanese honeysuckle, Chinese and Japanese privet, rose of Sharon, Iris pseudacorus, and Lysimachia nummularia. One important animal species in the area is the beaver, which helps to control the flow of water and transform wetlands with its construction of dams.
Beaver Marsh comprises of over 25.5 acres of wetlands and flood plain. The Beaver Marsh’s water is supplied primarily by groundwater springs, but there are also streams that flow from the north through storm water culverts at Club Boulevard and Ambridge Street.