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promote citizen awareness of the local natural heritage of Volo Bog State Natural Area, portions of which are dedicated state nature preserves, and to preserve the same through special events, educational and training programs, acquisitions of properties for such purposes and take whatever steps deemed necessary to insure the continued care and preservation of Volo Bog State Natural Area as a natural site.
What is a Bog?
Bogs are acidic, peat-accumulating wetlands defined by three main characteristics:
Sky-Water: Rain & snow (rather than ground water and runoff) are the main water sources in true bogs. We refer to this as meteoric water as it comes from the sky.
Peat Soil: Peat is poorly decomposed dead plants (and probably a few dead animals). Peat accumulates due to lack of decomposition caused by acids and low oxygen in bogs.
Unique Plants: A variety of plant adaptations have evolved to deal with the rigors of acid and poor nutrient availability.