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Spruce Swamp Natural Area (Revisited) (1)

Pinchot State Forest, Lackawanna County.

 

The natural area protects a small, relict boreal conifer bog in a mountain basin. Black spruce (Picea mariana), growing from a thick blanket of sphagnum moss, is the predominant tree species.

 

Access into the bog is limited. A few deer trails (or bear trails, perhaps) enter the periphery of the bog from Tannery Road but quickly vanish into the mire. Surrounding the core of the bog (and forming a nearly impenetrable barrier) are dense thickets of highbush blueberry and other shrubs.

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Taken on October 17, 2015