There are about 14 different plant communities in Burns Bog today, including open bog, fields regenerating from peat mining, and forests that have grown up since the bog was partially drained.
The most important plant communities in Burns Bog are “peat-forming” – plants that grow in places with a high water table, such as Sphagnum mosses. These are the plants that form the bog ecosystem. We are working to promote further growth of these “peat-forming” plant communities to help the bog recover from peat mining and re-grow into a healthy raised bog system.
Several plant species in Burns Bog are isolated populations (‘islands’) that are growing at the southern limit of their range in North America. These rare plants include: