2019 Wetland Treasure: Tour of Bluff Mountain Fen Wetlands

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Bluff Mountain Fen

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West Jefferson, NC 28694

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Hikers will be driven approximately one mile to the trail head and then led on a 3 mile guided hike lasting 3 to 4-hours. You will be in good company with a Nature Conservancy biologist who will be available to point out unique characteristics of this rare and unique Southern Appalachian fen. The hike is on a marked trail that is moderately sloped, with parts of the trail being across rocky uneven ground and including two looking off locations with a significant drop off. Over 140 species of vascular plants and mosses have been recorded from the fen including more than a dozen species considered rare or endangered in North Carolina. We request that everyone stay on the trail in order to minimize destruction to this wetland treasure.

You will need to sign a liability waiver which will be provided after you register on Eventbrite. The preserve is located 15 minutes from the nearest medical facility in Jefferson, NC and directions to the meet-up site will be sent after you register.

It is recommended that participants wear sturdy shoes, bring water, snacks, bug repellent and come prepared for the weather. If inclimate weather is forecasted the atlternate tour date will be Saturday, May 18.

Please contact Carrie Caviness if you have further questions. She can be reached at 919-656-4543 or via email at carrie.caviness@carolinawetlands.org.

A $15 cash donation will be collected for the Nature Conservancy the day of the field trip from each participant. Tax deductible donations may also be given to the Carolina Wetlands Association, and can be donated on the day of the field trip. You may also contribute to Carolina Wetlands Association by clicking the paypal link below:https://www.paypal.com/fundraiser/charity/1991082. These tours are part of the Wetland Treasures of the Carolinas Program.

NOTE: This field trip is full! You may schedule an independent hike of this site for the following days.

2019 Hike Dates
May 5 and 26
June 2 and 23
July 5, 7 and 21
August 4, 18 and 25
September 15, 22 and 29
October 13, 20 and 27

For questions and information about Bluff Mountain Preserve and our scheduled hikes, please contact Ashe County Steward Kelly Clampitt at spiritcanoelodge@gmail.com.



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West Jefferson, NC 28694

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