Visiting New Hampshire's Biodiversity


Fox Forest, Mud Pond Bog: Peatland System 



Description:
Mud Pond Bog contains an exemplary poor level fen/bog system. At least 6 peatland natural community types are present within the system in addition to the open water pond at the center and the surrounding forest types. Black spruce and tamarack (larch) trees are scattered across the open peat moss mat. Small streams feed this wetland at the northern end and a sluggish outlet stream at the southern end drains it.

Directions:
From Main Street in Hillsboro, proceed east and take a left opposite the Agway store onto Old Henniker Road. At the top of the hill take the left fork onto Whitney Road. At the next fork take another left (actually straight) continuing on Whitney Road. Just before the road turns left, you will see an orange gate on the right. Park along Whitney Road but do not block the gate. Walk around the gate onto Mud Pond Road. The trail to Mud Pond Bog is about 1,200 feet ahead on the right. Once you reach Mud Pond, a boardwalk leads out onto the peat mat. Trailhead, trail, and sign improvements were made in summer 2004. An alternate means of visiting Mud Pond Bog is to take trails east from the Fox State Forest headquarters building.

Landowner:
State of NH – DRED, Division of Forests & Lands

Images (hold mouse over image for caption)

Boardwalk at Mud Pond Bog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Fern at Mud Pond Bog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Trail junction (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Boardwalk (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Peat mat (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Brian K. Simm boardwalk at Mud Pond Bog in Fox State Forest (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Brian Simm memorial plaque (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Sarracenia purpurea (pitcherplant) leaf (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Sarracenia purpurea (pitcherplant) flower (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Mud Pond trail sign (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Peatland border at the edge of Mud Pond Bog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

water willow - Sphagnum lagg (moat) community at the edge of Mud Pond Bog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) leather-leaf - black spruce bog community on the peat mat at Mud Pond Bog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) open peat mat community at Mud Pond Bog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)

Medeola virginiana (Indian cucumber root) at Fox Forest (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau) Boardwalk at Mud Pond Bog (photo by Ben Kimball for the NH Natural Heritage Bureau)


Link: Fox Research and Demonstration Forest

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