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Old 11-26-2008, 10:52 PM   #8
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I found this site that had some nice comments about Beulah-
Here is what writes:
A boardwalk to the center of a primeval bog. Name the least-disturbed natural habitat in this corner of the state and it would have to be bogs. Beulah Bog is a good example of these Ice Age relics; its impressive list of credits includes several rare plants and six carnivorous ones. This wetland also features floating mud flats, a bog lake, and a tamarack forest. Best of all, it has a way to get to the middle, a boardwalk. Bogs are neat, intriguing places, but they are inaccessible, too wet to walk and too thick with vegetation to canoe.
(Updated 7/10/07)Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Renae Prell-Mitchell who wrote a dissertation about the bog and surrounding land. Apparently, this bog is very unusual. It is the most southern bog of this type; having the characteristics of bogs found much further north in the US. She described it as donut in the depression of the land. There is a “moat” area around the bog, then a hard packed sphagnum “donut” and then the bog. The bog itself is actually floating on top of a lake. And much like ice, if you would walk out on it, you could fall through and get caught underneath it. The solid sphagnum area is a build up of dead moss much the same way a coral reef grows. Because tamarack trees growing there and the composition of the sphagnum it is extremely sterile and early pioneers used it for everything from bandages to diapers. Also you should find the bogs hosts a number of amphibians including frogs, turtles and snakes. Other flora that you can find in the area is sundew and wild cranberries. Renae did warn that there is poison sumac all around, so be careful. (End of Update)
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