About the Refuge

About the refuge Hdr Pic Fiddleheads
Mountain Bogs National Wildlife Refuge is designed to conserve one of North America’s rarest habitats – southern Appalachian Mountain Bogs. Today only a fraction of the bog acreage once found in the southern Appalachians remains, with bogs having been drained and converted to other purposes. These rare habitats in turn support rare plants and animals, including five on the federal endangered species list – bog turtle, North America’s smallest turtle; and four plants - green pitcher plant, mountain sweet pitcher plant, swamp pink, and bunched arrowhead. Conserving these bogs is a key step in recovering these plants and animals so we can get them off the endangered species list.

Because of its focus, this refuge isn’t a large, contiguous area on the landscape; rather it’s designed to exist in small, isolated pockets of land, reflecting the distribution of southern Appalachian bogs.

The refuge is but one tool in the greater effort to conserve these rare places. We want to do the best we can growing and managing this refuge. We also want to support private landowners who don’t want to sell their land, but want to manage it as well as possible. At the end of the day, we want these bogs to be healthy and teaming with life, regardless of who owns the land.