North Slope of Dune Woodland


Dune woodlands are found on stabilized dunes protected from intense wind erosion.  In general, these areas are dominated by woody species such as oaks, hickories, basswoods, cottonwoods, and jack pines.  The orientation of the dune slope affects the types of plants that will grow.  North-facing slopes are shaded and moister than south-facing slopes.


  • Moist soil conditions

  • Shaded

  • Tall canopy trees with shade tolerant understory plants

Sources: Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State University Extension, Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Lake Michigan Coatal Program