Kanuga’s wetlands are home to an ecosystem containing sensitive flora and fauna, in particular the federally threatened Southern bog turtle, the federally endangered mountain sweet pitcher plant, and the state threatened sheep laurel.
We are pleased to have received a grant which will be used to restore two acres of Southern Appalachian mountain bog along the margins of Kanuga Lake. “Protecting these imperiled ecosystems is paramount to their survival, and having the opportunity to help manage one here at Kanuga is something truly special,” says Mary Kait Brown, environmental specialist.
In partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission, and the Tangled Bank Conservancy, Kanuga will make improvements and manage the habitat for the next ten years in a four-pronged approach that includes the following:
- Vegetation management
- Hydrological restoration
- Boardwalk construction
- Removal and treatment for noxious weeds and plants
Kanuga’s bog is one of the largest wetland areas left in Henderson County.