Marl Wetlands in Eastern West Virginia: Distribution, Rare Plant Species, and Recent History


Rodney L. Bartgis

Additional Authors:

Gerald E. Lang


March – 1984


Wetlands, West Virginia

Ten wetlands, each at least 1 ha in size, are associated with marl deposits in eastern West Virginia. These wetlands contain a predominantly herbaceous, calciphilic flora which includes twenty-seven species of vascular plants considered to be rare in the State. Disturbances, including drainage, impoundment, and grazing, have been widespread and may have led to a reduction in the number of rare species that occur within a wetland.