Fowler Bog rules. When I first set foot on the property I thought how awesome it is. The place is so green and just overflowing with life. Blue sky above, Green to the left, green to the right, even green at your feet! It really is thriving with life. You can't step foot on the property without hearing the flies and bugs buzz happily around your head. It seems like that happier the bugs are the less happy the people are that they are bothering!
I guess that can be a good indicator of a healthy, happy environment. Healthy bugs, healthy plants, healthy animals, and a healthy ecosystem! I mean, a seriously healthy ecosystem. Just look at the ferns! This place was cut hard by the previous owners and almost decimated. Take a look on Google Earth and you can see where the property line is, between an older healthy forest and the property where they cut. But cutting isn't always a negative thing, especially since this piece of land is now able to thrive with the SRLT.
I've gotten to know this place pretty well since I have been conducting an ivnasive plant survey on the property. I've spent countless hours wandering through the trees and underbrush, although 'wandering' may not be the correct term. I should say squeezing, hopping, slipping, tripping, squishing, sliding, and plowing my way through the insanely dense forest. This forest is growing back in ridiculous prosperity. I mean, it is actually so dense in some spots that I just cannot walk through the stand of young Pines and I have to walk around.
The hierarhchy of plants is pretty astounding. You can look at forest health in two ways, first being horizontal. This is a pretty big piece of land and most of it is forested. It spreads over a wide area of about 240 acres, this forest is pretty healthy horizontally. But vertically this land is blowing up. At the ground level, grasses, trailing vines, clovers, bugs, snakes, spiders, and all kinda of life just on the ground! You move up a layer to the middle ground of young pole trees (pine, hemlock, beech, birch, sugar maple, red maple, spruce, larch (if you've never seen a larch tree, check them out because they are SO cool!)) and the ferns that seem to cover every part of the forest. Up to my chin! Move past the ferns to reach the higher up trees and form the canopy. Its so dense in some spots I feel like I'm in the dark!
This is a forest in a beautiful stage of its life. All the life in it has the chance now to flourish and explode with green, without having these huge old growth trees overshadow (literally) their bright futures. Its not often that forests are in this stage of development. Lots of times they're just beginning with a grassy field and a few shrubby trees. Or sometimes they are really old growth with spread out giants and not much of an understory. But Fowler Bog has got it all, and it is very cool. It is truly an awesome site and I think, if you have the chance, check it out.