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Riparian Wetlands

A bottomland hardwood forest in East Texas.
A bottomland hardwood forest in East Texas.
Photo courtesy Jennifer Key, TPWD 2004, Angelina County

The majority of riparian wetlands in Texas are characterized by bottomland hardwood forests, which are ecosystems that experience periodic overbank flooding from adjacent rivers or major streams.

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