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This is a contributing entry for Cranberry Glades Botanical Area Science and Nature Trail and only appears as part of that tour.Learn More.
Because of the nature of the bog, tree roots have difficulty anchoring. The bog consists of layers of sphagnum moss and other plants in varying stages of decay floating on the remains of an ice age pond. Trees may sprout in the bog but are vulnerable to toppling in the frequent wind gusts. The overturned trees provide habitat for a variety of bog plants and animals. The decaying wood returns nutrients to the bog that are utilized by other plants.

  • Root ball over overturned tree