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Plants & Their Places: Black Spruce Bog

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Polygala paucifolia (fringed milkwort, gaywings) & Lysimachia borealis (starflower). Photo_McGrady

Polygala paucifolia (fringed milkwort, gaywings) & Lysimachia borealis (starflower). Photo_McGrady

This second walk in our series, Plant & Their Places, is in a section of the Arcadia Management Area.  Bogs form in kettle holes, or depressions, that have poorly-drained soils. Unlike swamps and fens, bogs lack flowing water. The groundwater and rain that does collect becomes acidic and low in oxygen, slowing decomposition. Sphagnum moss thrives in this environment and will gradually fill a kettle hole, creating a spongy mat of peat. Black spruce is another species that is typical of bogs, although rare in southern New England. In this bog, shrubs are abundant. At times we’ll be pushing through chest-high leatherleaf, blueberry, rhodora and mountain holly, hopefully in bloom!

We’ll walk ¾ of a mile on trails, then bushwhack through the bog – about two miles of walking round trip. The surrounding oak-pitch pine forest should be resplendent with spring wildflowers including pink lady’s-slipper, gaywings, starflower, and bird-foot violet. Walking through the bog will be very uneven as the shrubs form hummocks to step on or over. Expect wet feet. Knee-high boots or old shoes are appropriate. Dress for the weather and protection against tics and thorns.

Leader: Doug McGrady (401-935-5367 demcgrady@hotmail.com)

Location: We will meet at the Dog Training Area parking lot on Plain Rd in the Arcadia Management Area. DIRECTIONS BELOW

This walk is apart of our Plants & Their Places Series.  See our Botanizing Walks home page for important details about these walks.

• From the south:

Take I-95 north to exit 4 onto Route 3 (Nooseneck Hill Road).
Bear right onto Route 3 north and go about 3 miles.
Turn left onto Route 165 (Ten Rod Road) west and go about 2.8 miles.
Turn right (north) onto Frosty Hollow Road – a dirt road. (the historic West Exeter Baptist Church is on the corner).
Follow Frosty Hollow Road north about 1.5 miles to its end at a 3-way intersection.
Turn left (west) onto Plain Road and go .8 miles to the Dog Training Area parking lot on the left.
Park here.

• From the north:

Take I-95 to exit 5a onto Route 102 (Victory Highway) south.
Follow Route 102 south about 1 mile.
Turn right onto Route 3 south (Nooseneck Hill Road) and go about 1.3 miles.
Turn right onto Route 165 west (Ten Rod Road) for about 2.8 miles.
Turn right (north) onto Frosty Hollow Road – a dirt road. (the historic West Exeter Baptist Church is on the corner).
Follow Frosty Hollow Road north about 1.5 miles to its end at a 3-way intersection.
Turn left (west) onto Plain Road and go .8 miles to the Dog Training Area parking lot on the left.
Park here.

• Bing Driving Directions

Details

Date:
May 27
Time:
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Venue

Black Spruce Bog
Exeter, RI