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Rock Creek Park

A very few scattered, small patches of the Red Maple Seepage Swamp are found at Rock Creek Park in shallow, mucky depressions fed by groundwater at the base of hills and along floodplains. In spring and early summer, you can’t miss the striking display of skunk-cabbage. At other times of the year, without the characteristic skunk-cabbage, this natural community may be hard to find. The rest of the wetlands in the park are part of the Tuliptree Small-Stream Floodplain Forest.

Can you find this combination of key features?

Identifying This Natural Community

If so, welcome to Rock Creek Park’s Red Maple Seepage Swamp!

Not sure? Check out the Tips to Distinguish (below), or try the Compare Communities tool.

Tips to Distinguish Red Maple Seepage Swamp from Tuliptree Small-Stream Floodplain Forest at Rock Creek Park