Sunday, April 30, 2017, Mountain Bog & Swamp Pinks (Union County)

Posted under: North Georgia .

Trip leader: Carrie Radcliffe

Description: We will tour a restored bog that protects multiple rare plant species, as well as bog turtles, that have been successfully established in a cooperatively managed site on the Chattahoochee National Forest near Suches and Blairsville. Swamp pink (Helonias bullata) should be in bloom, and we can see the many seedling recruits that have been taking hold as the site has been opened to enhance habitat for the sun-loving bog denizens. Visitors will be required to sign and honor a secrecy agreement that protects the location of sensitive species and habitat (per Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance guidelines). 

Meet: 10 am at the Suches general store/ gas station at the intersection of Hwy 180 & Hwy 60. 

Facilities: At gas station/ store. 

Difficulty: Medium. Curvy roads, limited parking, wetland habitat. We will carpool and/ or caravan to the site (~5 miles), travel a very short short distance on foot along flat ground, but rubber boots are recommended for the bog itself. 

Bring: Rubber boots, hat, water, bug spray, etc. If you bring lunch, we can picnic in the shade by the bog. 

Please contact Carrie Radcliffe (cradcliffe@atlantabg.org) if you would like to attend.