Boat Harbor/Gerrish Island
The focus area includes a rich association of
natural community types that provide the habitat
needed to support most of the native plants and
animals common along the south coast of Maine.
Natural communities include dune grasslands, spartina
saltmarshes, oak forests, freshwater swamps, and
south end of the focus area on Gerrish Island
is a complex mosaic of upland forests, pocket
swamps and vernal pools. This large undeveloped
assemblage of habitats is potential habitat for
a number of rare plants and animals. Further north,
both Sea Point and Brave Boat harbor have good
quality spartina salt marshes, again areas that
are important to both common and rare species.
Numerous other intact forests, marshes, and coastal
features are spread across the focus area. This
diverse system of high quality natural habitats
is a high priority for additional conservation
action because of the rapid pace of development
in its immediate vicinity.
Greater Gerrish Island / Brave Boat Harbor focus
area has three documented rare natural community
types, red oak - white oak forest, dune grassland,
and spartina saltmarsh. The dune grassland, and
spartina saltmarsh along with several other plant
associations form a coastal dune - marsh ecosystem.
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