19 de junio de 2024

Fairlee Bog Pond

Has anyone ever visited Bog Pond in Fairlee, VT?

It is described on their website and is owned by the Nature Conservancy, but there don't appear to be any known trails or access.

"Fairlee Bog Pond, located on 142 acres of Nature Conservancy land in the hills north of Lake Morey, is our only true “bog.” A bog is a marsh that has accumulated enough dead sphagnum and other mosses and plants to form peat, supporting a special array of plants requiring very acidic conditions, such as pitcher plants. Bogs have extra environmental value as carbon sinks, meaning they absorb and sequester large amounts of carbon so it is not released into the atmosphere unless disturbed or burned. While the Nature Conservancy allows visitors, including hunters, we could not locate a map of permitted access points through the surrounding private properties. If we find a good access trail or contact for permission, we will add it here." (1)

"The beauty of these lakes surrounded by wooded hills has not been spoiled by development. This is true of Glen Falls Brook, and Bog Pond (above the north end of Lake Morey), which is a unique "quaking" peat bog with rare plant life." (3)

@cgbb2004 @tsn @trscavo do you guys have any info or local knowledge?

Any help is appreciated. I would love to schedule a trip to see the Fairlee Bog if I find enough information, and it is feasible. Anyone is welcome to join!


  1. https://www.fairleeforest.org/wetlands_overview
  2. https://www.nature.org/content/dam/tnc/nature/en/documents/vermont-preserve-visitation-guidelines.pdf
  3. https://issuu.com/fairleevt/docs/historical_pamphlet (Pages 10-11)
Publicado el 19 de junio de 2024 a las 12:36 PM por micholoko micholoko | 6 comentarios | Deja un comentario

25 de agosto de 2023

Variegated Wild Plants

I've been finding a few variegated plants this summer, and I've decided to use this journal as a way of tracking what species I find, and the observations.

Variegation is the appearance of differently colored zones in the leaves and sometimes the stems and fruit of plants.

From some research, they all appear to be chimeric mutations. Plants that are chimeras contain tissues with more than one genotype. A variegated chimera contains some tissues that produce chlorophyll and others that do not. Because the variegation is due to the presence of two kinds of plant tissue, propagating the plant must be by a vegetative method of propagation that preserves both types of tissue.

Let me know if you find/have found any variegated plants in your adventures!


Marcotrigiano, Michael. “Chimeras and variegation: Patterns of deceit.” HortScience, vol. 32, no. 5, 1997, pp. 773–784, https://doi.org/10.21273/hortsci.32.5.773.



Publicado el 25 de agosto de 2023 a las 08:28 PM por micholoko micholoko | 3 observaciones | 3 comentarios | Deja un comentario

26 de julio de 2023

Serpentine Outcrops - Significant Natural Communities

Has anyone made a trip out to the Serpentine Outcrops in North-Central VT?

I see that Brown's Ledges is owned by the Nature Conservancy, but I can't seem to find any info on a trail or access. The only map I've found with a trail shown is an older USGS Topo Map.

Are there any other trails that are easier to access so that I can go and see this natural community?
(I'd like to avoid going to the large outcrop shown near the asbestos mine for obvious reasons)




Publicado el 26 de julio de 2023 a las 05:59 PM por micholoko micholoko | 25 comentarios | Deja un comentario