The bog was, essentially, divided into two halves. One half was forested and one half had been cleared of trees and shrubs and given over to a pasture-like area covered in reed canary grass. Also, the reed canary grass had invaded an old canal, part of which hosted the only bunched arrowhead population on the Preserve. Along with employees of the State of North Carolina, I spent a considerable amount of time during 2010 applying and monitoring an herbicide approved by EPA for application to aquatic sites.
My first task was to become familiar with the Preserve. I spent days wandering around the property rough-mapping distinguishable features and noting the location of plants of interest. For a number of reasons, there had been very little interest in Bat Fork Bog over the preceding decade and most of that was focused on the one population of bunched arrowhead plants in the canal along the northern boundary of the Preserve.
(Continued in the next post.)