Cranberry Glades Stop 1
Backstory and Context
This forest is populated with trees that can tolerate “wet feet” in the saturated soils. As visitors approach the bogs, they will travel through a shrub zone where low woody plants like the wild raisin, speckled alder, and willow are common. The dominant plant in the bogs are sphagnum and other mosses with mixed herbaceous plants some of which are carnivorous owing to the lack of available nutrients in the open bog.
Visitors to the area can not only appreciate this unique ecosystem, but they can also consider how this area would have appeared just following the most recent ice age when the bogs were open ponds. During one's walk along the boardwalk, visitors can look for reddish hue sphagnum moss making up much of the glade floor and also try to find carnivorous sundews hidden among the sphagnum. Those visiting Cranberry Glades in June or early July you may even be treated to blooms from the orchids in the open bogs.