Habitat Restoration and Conservation
Mountain Bog Restoration
Mountain bogs are one of the most critically endangered habitats of the southern Appalachians. Typically small, between a half-acre and five acres, they are associated with seeps, springs or small creeks and provide critical habitat for the federally threatened bog turtle and swamp pink, two of Georgia's rarest species.
Bog restoration involves not only clearing sites but also finding and taking careful inventory of potential bogs, safeguarding seeds from rare plants and monitoring restored sites for rare species such as the pitcherplant. Mountain bog restoration is listed as a high-priority conservation action in Georgia's State Wildlife Action Plan.
One of the key components of bog restoration work is the capability to bring together a network of agencies, organizations and volunteers in order to complete what often turns out to be a multi-year ordeal. While agencies such as DNR and the U.S. Forest Service begin the initial overhaul of the sites, much of the maintenance falls upon partner-created organizations like the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance (GPCA), whose members include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, State Botanical Garden of Georgia, DNR, DOT, Georgia Power, Georgia Forest Watch and Zoo Atlanta, to name a few.
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