Partners in Flight Bird Conservation Plan: The Southern Atlantic Coastal Plain (Physiographic Area 03)
The South Atlantic Coastal Plain, one of four coastal plain divisions recognized by Partners in Flight, is an extensive area with a high diversity of habitat types and associated bird species. Although broadly similar to other coastal plain divisions, several key habitat features distinguish the South Atlantic Coastal Plain and provide unique opportunities for conservation measures. The South Atlantic Coastal Plain is home to the largest forested floodplains outside of the Mississippi Alluvial Plain and includes unique non-alluvial wetlands such as the Great Dismal Swamp, pocosins, and Carolina bays. In addition, the largest remnants of former longleaf pine ecosystems and the best remaining examples of “natural” barrier and sea islands and maritime forests and woodlands are found in the South Atlantic Coastal Plain.