Cranesville Swamp Preserve
|Cranesville Swamp Preserve|
Bog at Cranesville Swamp
|Area||1,600 acres (6.5 km2)|
|Elevation||2,547 ft (776 m)|
|Website||Cranesville Swamp Preserve|
Cranesville Swamp Preserve is a 1,600-acre (650 ha) preserve situated in Preston County, West Virginia and Garrett County, Maryland. It is one of the few remaining boreal bogs in the southern United States,  unusual in harboring many plants and animals that are normally only seen in more northern climates.
Cranesville Swamp's unusual setting allows 19 different plant communities to flourish,  with the most dominant species being, among others, sphagnum moss, speckled alder (Alnus rugosa), various sedges (Carex folliculata, and C. stricta) and grasses. Bog species include round-leaved sundew (Drosera rotundifolia) and narrowleaf gentian (Gentiana linearis).
In addition to black bear, porcupine, snowshoe hare and a wide variety of birds, the rare northern water shrew has been documented here. Birders have also noted the golden-crowned kinglet and Nashville warbler, rarely seen in this area.
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