Swamps are forested wetlands that are flooded seasonally by standing or slow-moving water and are dominated by trees and shrubs. Swamps are not common in Alberta and are usually confined to the transition zone between
peatlands and upland forests. Swamps are sometimes referred to as forested wetlands since they have a dense cover of both
deciduous (leafy) and coniferous (needle) trees. Swamps with tall shrubs such as willow, dogwood and alder are called thicket swamps. Many wetlands are incorrectly referred to as swamps.
Reprinted from Focus On Wetlands (1994) with permission of