A Guide for Buying and Managing Shoreland

Preserve and restore vegetation native to each biome

Northern coniferous forest

northern coniferous forest

The climate is wetter and colder in the northeast. Coniferous trees that thrive in this area include white and red pines, balsam fir and tamarack, deciduous trees including aspen and birch. There are also associated mid-level, ground plane and aquatic edge plants.

More information on coniferous forests.

Eastern deciduous forest

eastern deciduous forest

The climate is wetter and warmer in the southeast to the northwest in the area between the coniferous and prairie regions. Trees that thrive include maple, basswood and oaks. There are also associated mid-level, ground plane and aquatic edge plants.

More information on deciduous forests.

Tall grass prairie

tall grass prairie

The climate is drier and warmer in the south and west. Native vegetation includes prairie grasses and forbs. Adjacent to water, trees such as willows and cottonwoods thrive. There are also aquatic edge plants like cattail, reeds and sedges.

More information on prairie grasslands.