2019 Wetland Treasures

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Bluff Mountain Fen

Location: Bluff Mountain Preserve in Ashe County, NC
Wetland Type: Southern Appalachian Fen
Owner: The Natural Conservancy
Unique Feature: Only known wetland type in the region

Tour: Sunday, May 19 [Registration]

Factsheet – Directions 

Photo provide by The Nature Conservancy

Croatan National Forest

Location: Craven, Carteret, and Jones counties, NC
Wetland Types: Pocosins, Carolina bays, salt marsh and more
Owner: U.S. Forest Service
Unique Feature: Approximately 75% of the Croatan may be considered wetlands with pocosins comprising the majority of the wetland acreage.

Tour: Saturday, May 18 [Registration]


Photo by David Blevins

Merchants Millpond

Location: Gates County, NC
Wetland Type: Cypress Gum Swamp (Blackwater)
Owner: North Carolina State Parks
Unique Feature: Created 190 years ago, coastal pond and southern swamp forest mingle, creating one of North Carolina’s rarest ecological communities.

Tour: Saturday, June 8 [Registration]

Factsheet – Directions

Photo courtesy of Chuck Richardson

Santee Coastal Preserve

Location: Charleston County, SC
Wetland Type:
Owner: South Carolina Division of Park and Recreation 
Unique Feature: Once a rice plantation, this reserve provides essential habitat for many species of wildlife, including migratory and wintering waterfowl, shorebirds and wading birds, and Loggerhead sea turtles.

Tour: Saturday, May 11 [Registration]


Photo by Charles Slate.

Woods Bay 

Location: Florence, Clarendon, and Sumter counties, SC
Wetland Type: Carolina Bay
Owner: SC Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Unique Feature: The park is the home to one of the last remaining, relatively undisturbed, large Carolina bays on the Mid-Atlantic Coastal Plain.

Tour: Saturday, May 4 [Registration]


Photo courtesy of Regina Huff