A twice-yearly newsletter of information, announcements, and news about the Quincy Bog Natural Area and Pemi-Baker Land Trust
Editors: Widge Kent & Kerry Yurewicz
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The following articles are two of the many articles in the current Spring 2013 edition of the Bog Notes. Please feel free to download this from the Archive section of this page.
Probing the Deep and Mysterious Past of Quincy Bog
by Lisa Doner, Ph.D.
In every season, visitors to the Quincy Bog Natural Area receive a sensory concert, as arrays of color and texture compete for attention with sounds, smells and tactile experiences. If you’ve been to the Bog before, these sensations are overlain with impressions from prior visits, allowing you to perceive how the area changes over time. By sharing and recording our observations, our collective memory of change can span many generations.
But the Bog existed long before our collective memory. When human memory falters, it is the geologic record that maintains the story. In January 2013, seven Plymouth State University students and I set out to discover a long history for Quincy Bog using methods of paleoecology and paleolimnology. We hoped to retrieve sediments covering the last two to three thousand years. Since the Bog is such a small wetland, it seemed unlikely that it would have existed for longer than that. Videographer Eric Knuffke and photographer Forrest Seavey documented our efforts. Seavey’s images are on the Quincy Bog website and soon the video will be available as well...
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by Bob Bulkeley
Beginning in this past fall and continuing this spring and summer some needed and dramatic improvements are taking place at Quincy Bog and Quincy Pasture Forest. At Quincy Bog, the Nature Center will have improved access, especially for those with limited mobility. A four-foot wide entrance ramp has been added to the Nature Center porch. In addition, a three-foot wide path from the parking lot to the Nature Center will have a compacted, level surface. The improved pathway will extend to the juncture of the Bog's loop trail. There will be a bench and an improved walkway and bridging to the long causeway in front of the Nature Center. Thanks to funding from the McIninch Foundation, parents with young children in strollers and our oldest visitors will soon have a comfortable and safe pathway for viewing the Bog near the Nature Center.
The deteriorating Eagle Scout bridge at the outlet end of the Bog is to be replaced by a 100-foot pontoon bridge that will span the pond between the main beaver dam and the one just upstream from the current bridge. This new floating walkway will be three-feet wide with eight, twelve-foot sections and ramps at either end. It will rise and fall with changes in water level and will bypass the often wet sections of the current trail...
Read more about the new trail improvement in the Spring -2013 edition of Bog Notes.
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