Woody Species Removal Stewardship Project at Bonnett Pond Bog State Nature Preserve


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Tue Nov 01, 2016, 10:30 AM - 03:30 PM


Bonnett Pond Bog State Nature PreserveState Route 179, Northeast of LoudonvilleWashington Township, OH 44638


Bonnett Pond Bog State Nature Preserve in Holmes County is a small, 16-acre, high-quality sphagnum kettle-hole bog. A floating sphagnum mat with bog plants such as large cranberry, poison sumac, round-leaved sundew, swamp loosestrife, little prickly sedge, white beak-rush, highbush blueberry, and glaucous sedge surround the dark acidic waters of the bog lake. There are some large trees on the wooded slopes surrounding the kettle-hole bog.

Our project includes removing woody shrubs such as highbush blueberry from the bog meadow. We will be using the cut stump treatment method. Each shrub will be cut with loppers and the stump will be treated with herbicide to prevent re-sprouting. Trained DNAP staff and ONAPA volunteers will conduct the herbicide application. Note that poison sumac is present in this bog, so special care will be taken to avoid it.

Directions: In Washington Township, the preserve is located on State Route 179. From Loudonville, proceed northeast on SR 3. Turn right on SR 179. The preserve will be on the left before you reach Lakeville. Parking is very limited; a few cars can park at the edge of the field near the electric substation, while others may need to park at the intersection of SR 3 and SR 179 (and be shuttled to the preserve). The preserve is mostly wooded and you will see state nature preserve boundary signs from the road. Due to the lack of facilities and the sensitive species present in the small bog, access is usually by permit only from the Division of Natural Areas and Preserves.

What to bring: Lunch, water, muck/knee boots, and gloves. ONAPA and DNAP will provide tools.

Register in advance here: http://www.onapa.org/stewardship-project-registration.html


  • Habitat Restoration

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • 5 hours
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