The bogs are heavily dependent on occasional fire to keep them sunny and free of competing vegetation. But fire suppression, development, logging, farming and other factors have caused the loss of numerous Coastal Plain bogs.
The Turner County bog itself was slated for development, but when conservationists (including the landowner himself) learned of its ecological importance, they joined together in 2012 to permanently protect it. It has been turned over to the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College Foundation in Tifton to be used as a “learning lab” for students.
IN THE SKY: The moon will be last quarter on Monday, said David Dundee, a Tellus Science Center astronomer. Mercury is low in the west just after dark. Mars is in the west at dusk. Jupiter is low in the east just before sunrise. Saturn is in the west just after dark and sets before 9 p.m.