Mountain Bog Protected in Burke County, NC

  A 17-acre bog in Burke County is now protected for conservation following purchase by the Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina.

The Jonas Ridge property borders the Pisgah Loop Scenic Highway and was purchased from landowner Hazel Shell with funding from the N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund.

Southern Appalachian mountain bogs are rare and contain vulnerable ecosystems. Located at the highest elevations in Burke County, Jonas Ridge Bog is home to a variety of uncommon plant, animal and insect species, including cranberries, a species typically associated with New England. It drains to headwaters of Upper Creek, a high-quality trout stream as designated by the N.C. Department of Environmental Quality.

Foothills Conservancy intends to donate the property to Burke County under a N.C. Clean Water Management Trust Fund conservation easement. Future plans include an interpretive trail that will allow hikers to learn about bog systems.

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