Vermont’s forests are full of significance. They are spaces for work, play, and reflection; they reward careful stewardship with food for our tables, wood for building and heating our homes, and in spring, sweet maple syrup.
Sometimes harder to see, but no less real, are benefits like clean water and air, connected habitat, and protection from increasingly severe storms.
Nutrient-poor bogs force plants to get creative, perhaps none more so than the purple pitcher plant, Sarracenia purpurea. Its dramatic, specialized leaves form multicolored ‘pitchers’ that fill with rain and snow, hosting tiny self-contained ecosystems—like the bogs themselves.