Peat Forest and Pocosins 
Forested peatlands are very distinct forests located in organic (peat rich) soils of the lowest parts of the Roanoke and Cashie Rivers and their connecting tributaries. Swamp/Pocosin forests occurs in low flat areas of the lower Roanoke River floodplain, with no topographic diversity, underlain by moderate to deep deposits of peat.

These areas are at sea level and do not receive any sediment from the river channel. They are ancient, drowned rivers filled in with peat sediment. Over the last two centuries, many of these wetlands have been ditched and drained for farming and tree plantations. You'll find bald cypress, pond cypress, and Atlantic white cedar in these habitats.