Ecological Threats

Each natural community faces ecological threats that could change its defining features, leading to its decline.

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Non-Native Invasive Plants

Non-native invasive plants that gain a foothold in the Red Maple Seepage Swamp must be able to tolerate saturated soils. The harms caused by non-native invasive plants include competition with natives for soil nutrients, sunlight, and pollinators, and degradation of animal habitat. (* indicates non-native)

Diseases, Pests, and Other Threats

Current and potential ecological threats for the Red Maple Seepage Swamp in Rock Creek Park include the following: