Wetlands Marsh Growth, Creative Commons
Southern Appalachian wetlands are gaining attention for the wealth of rare and unique life forms they support. In North Carolina alone, mountain bogs and fens provide habitats for nearly 90 species of plants and animals that are considered rare, threatened or endangered. These include bog turtles, mountain sweet pitcher plants, green pitcher plants, swamp pink, Gray’s lily and rare carnivorous plants that thrive on a high acidity, low nitrogen environment. The few remaining wetlands are small, isolated systems usually found in stream valleys. Highway construction and various forms of development endanger them and most are subject to drying out. As well as providing precious habitats, they also help control flood waters, reduce sediment runoff and improve the quality of ground water.
Below is the Digital Heritage Moment as broadcast on the radio:
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
America’s first National Parks were created out West. By the early 20th century, Easterners who feared the loss of nature in their rapidly industrializing region wanted their own park. Business...
- Native Plants Western North Carolina is littered with plants indigenous to the Appalachian Mountains. Here is a small, list of the plants found throughout the area.
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- Appalachian Trail
Essay by Timothy N. Osment
As undeveloped land shrank in the East, the desire to preserve a wilderness experience intensified. In 1925 a forester, Benton McKaye, or...
- European Wild Boars In the long history of invasive species in Appalachia, no story is more striking that that of the European wild boar. Often called Russian boars. . .
- Old Growth Forests Old-Growth forests conjures up visions of the great forests that once covered most of eastern north America, and of towering trees undisturbed by logging and human settlement. They provide a vital ...