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Kennebunk Plains - Wells Barrens

Formed by the melting of glaciers about 14,000 years ago, this unique barrens complex is one of the top priority areas for conservation in Maine. The Focus Area supports high-quality examples of four natural community types: sandplain grassland, pitch pine-scrub oak barrens, pitch pine-heath barrens, and red maple alluvial swamp forest. These natural communities support a large number of rare birds, reptiles, insects, and plants. Kennebunk Plains is notable for its grasslands, which are among the rarest natural communities in New England.

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