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Showy Flowers of the Cook Inlet Coast

Biological Diversity is Key

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve’s coastal areas provide an ecosystem full of nutrient-rich plants that support a biological diversity including Alaska brown bears, other salt marsh mammals, and shorebirds. A coastal brown bear’s diet will shift with seasons. As food sources become available, they are found feeding on sedges, berries, and other herbaceous plants.
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Checklist: Common Salt Marsh Plants

Brush up your knowledge of common sedges, grasses, flowers, and other plants of the Cook Inlet Coast.

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Sedges and Grasses of Cook Inlet

Get a closer look at common salt marsh sedges and grasses and how to identify them.

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Plants

Read why Lake Clark area is special for its diversity of flowers, plants, trees, and lichen in a relatively small area.

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Subsistence: Plant Harvesting

Harvest more knowledge on traditional uses of local plants.

Last updated: December 16, 2020