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Exploring Mountain Bogs

 

April 23, 2018

Courtesy photo

Dragons Mouth is just one of the orchid species found in our local forests, it is named after a river nymph from Greek mythology. (Photos courtesy of Owen Carson)

Deep in our forests, cloaked in tangles of rhododendron and soaked by underground springs, lie some of our most amazing wetland ecosystems: mountain bogs. These isolated systems can be one-of-a-kind, supporting unique collections of flora and fauna and often harboring rare, threatened, or endangered species. Bogs offer an environment unlike most others here in the mountains. With their fresh, cold water, mucky soils, and an openness that is uncharacteristic of our generally dense forests, they offer an ideal spot for life that thrives on the fringe.

Mountain bogs, of course, vary across...



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