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:
- Native Plants Western North Carolina is covered with plants indigenous to the Appalachian Mountains. Here is a short list of the plants found throughout the Linville Falls area.
- Appalachian Trail
As undeveloped land shrank in the East, the desire to preserve a wilderness experience intensified. In 1925 a forester, Benton McKaye, organized a conference in Washington, DC, to plan […]
- 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. . .
- 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. […]
- Mountain Balds The Southern Appalachian Mountains are not high enough to have a natural tree line or Alpine zone, yet the region has hundreds of treeless areas called balds. Their origins- whether or […]