Moultrie Observer

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September 8, 2010

DNR plans hike at Doerun bog

DOERUN — Call it “The Slog Through the Bog” or “Party with the Pitcher Plants.”

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is sponsoring a hike through the Doerun Pitcher Plant Bog Natural Area just south of Doerun from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Sept. 11.

The event is one of several around the state in honor of Teaming with Wildlife Week. Teaming with Wildlife is a national coalition and the leading advocate of State Wildlife Grants, a federal program that helps fund conservation efforts like the Doerun Bog.

Linda May, environmental outreach coordinator for DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section, said the goal is raising awareness.

“The State Wildlife Grants Program is very crucial to the work we do,” May said.

The grants fund work benefiting wildlife and their habitats, specifically the 90 percent of the nation’s species not hunted, fished for or on the Endangered Species List, according to a DNR press release. The focus: Keep common species common and prevent wildlife from becoming endangered, protecting them and their habitats before they become too rare and more costly to protect.

The stable funding for state fish and wildlife agencies has been critical to the recovery and conservation of many species, fulfilling a responsibility to save them for future generations, the press release said.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said that in the current economic climate, “the program ensures that states will have the necessary resources to help conserve their highest priority wildlife, plants and habitats — an investment that will pay dividends for years to come.”

The Doerun Pitcher Plant Bog Natural Area was donated to the state by Thomas “Tommy” Barber in 1996. It was part of his family’s farm, where he and his wife photographed the colorful pitcher plants and other wildlife. A Colquitt County contractor, Barber served on several governmental and non-governmental conservation boards before his death in June 2009.

The bog lies two miles south of Doerun, just off Highway 133 on the Funston-Doerun Road. Look for the Natural Area sign and park in the lot off the entrance road.

The hike will be guided by botanist Tom Patrick and biologist Phil Spivey, both of the state Department of Natural Resources. They encourage participants to dress comfortably for hiking, including wearing boots or old sneakers because your feet may get wet. Do not wear open-toed shoes. Bring your own water and snacks; the area does not have water or restroom facilities, so plan accordingly.

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