Participate in a special opportunity to protect an endangered, local ecosystem at Suitland Bog. Technically not a bog but a fen, this unique gem provides a home to the carnivorous pitcher-plant as well as other rare plants in a 60-acre protected area inside the beltway. It features a half-mile boardwalk and a wooded trail. This is one of the last and best remnants of a series of magnolia bogs that used to thrive in the DC area.
Nature Lovers have worked on this area each year for the past few years. You can admire our work here. This time, we'll be removing small trees and invasive plants to help restore the hydrology of the bog. TO WORK IN THE BOG: PLEASE SCRUB THE SOLES OF YOUR SHOES BEFOREHAND AND BRING THEM IN A BAG TO PUT ON AT THE BOG. The ranger is concerned about the spread of new plants into the bog. If you don't want to bother with washing your shoes, you can still do work, just possibly not in the actual bog.
The park ranger will be there to talk about the park and will provide tools. We'll work from 10:30 - 12:30pm.
If you need a ride from the metro, indicate so in your rsvp and hopefully we can work something out.
(MEETUP MAP IS POINTING TO THE WRONG PLACE, BUT IS CLOSE)
The google map does not show it but there is a road between Suitland Parkway and Kingswood Drive. Drivers can turn onto that road (the gate should be open) and park at the circle, where we will meet.
The best way to get there from the district or 295 is probably to take Suitland Parkway. The park is probably about 10 minutes or so from SE Capitol St.
From the Capital Beltway (I-495), take Exit 7A (Branch Avenue), toward Waldorf. Take Route 5 south. Take the Allentown Road exit. Make a left onto Allentown Road. Stay on Allentown Road through about five lights. Turn left onto Suitland Road at the light. Follow Suitland Road until it passes under Suitland Parkway. The entrance to the Suitland Bog is to the right.
-There is poison sumac in the bog and contact with it, even in the dormant stage, can create a reaction in people that are allergic so long sleeves, long pants, and gloves should be worn. The ranger marks the trees but there is still the chance he will miss one.
-Tools are provided but feel free to bring your own.
-Wash and bring your shoes in a bag to work in the bog.
-Bring water and gloves if you have them.
Afterwards, if there is interest, we can head for lunch.
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