Juneau Nature

Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Juneau Nature - Natural & cultural history of Juneau & Southeast Alaska

Salt marsh

Vascular ‘halophytes,’ upper intertidal

“Halophytes” are salt tolerant plants (Not salt-loving plants, halophiles, as the ecologist John Thilenius memorably insisted!) The community of vascular halophytes (as opposed to algae)  in the upper intertidal is known as the salt marsh. It’s helpful to further subdivide the salt marsh into the high marsh, populated mostly by slightly tolerant grasses, and low marsh, dominated by more tolerant Lyngbye sedge.

Black bear trails in low marsh sedges, Traitor’s Cove, Revillagigedo Island.

Black bear trails in low marsh sedges, Traitor’s Cove, Revillagigedo Island.

mud bay

In June, 2013, Discovery Southeast & Bosworth Botanical Consulting surveyed this Mud Bay salt marsh for the Southeast Alaska Land Trust. Our report is available from SEAL TrustSEAL Trust. View is down the spine of Chilkat Peninsula, with Chilkat River estuary in right distance.