Southern Habitats, LLC
Native Plants of the Southeast
When we refer to a plant being native to the Southeast we generally mean that its presence was recorded by the earliest of naturalists upon European contact in the 1500's. The Southeastern Coastal Plain is recognized as the most ecologically diverse area in North America. The vast majority of acreage consisted of a sparse longleaf pine overstory with a diverse ground layer, primarily composed of native perennial grasses with various legumes and other wildflowers. These grass dominated ecosystems, depending on their unique features and locations are referred to as meadows, savannas, marshes or prairies. For thousands of years these areas, were regularly set afire by lightening in the spring which burned vast areas of the grasses, across sandhills and through flatwoods and shallow wetlands. The plants found in these areas are adapted to this fire ecology and rely on recurring spring fire to thrive. Historically, these fires kept hardwoods and other non-fire-adapted plants confined to the hammocks, strands and bottomlands where they belong. There has been a sharp decline in these ecosystems over the last century. Culprits include clear cut timbering, urbanization, fire exclusion, wetland draining, introduction of exotic plants and feral hogs.
Habitat for Better Hunting
Shaping a property's native food and cover structure drastically enhances the hunting experience. Our goal is the restoration of native plants that occurred historically on the site, but in a strategic fashion. In addition to the southern native seeds and plants we grow, we also use innovative techniques of releasing, expanding and distributing the desirable native plants already growing on your property. Check out our methods of using natives for deer browse and cover and quail and turkey nesting cover.
While we love the sport of hunting we understand that game animals are part of a larger system that impacts everyone. Native grasses are multifunctional and in addition to habitat provide erosion control and sediment control and fine fuels for fire continuity. Native legumes and forbs provide important food for birds and mammals and many are also very important to pollinators. These bees, butterflies and other insects pollinate our food crops, making pollinator habitats a major conservation priority. Our diverse Southeastern habitats are linked together in a chain of life to which we are all connected.
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