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Young's Bog Nature Preserve in the Town of Sand Lake protects a classic kettlehole bog. Young's Bog is surrounded by an intact, high-quality inland poor fen with a floating mat of Sphagnum peat moss that supports wild cranberries, the insect-eating pitcher plant and sundew, and other plants found only in nutrient-poor bog habitats. Some of the plants here are rare for Rensselaer County. The narrow fen zone grades into a border area of open-canopy black spruce and tamarack (or larch) bog. The inland poor fen and black spruce-tamarack bog around Young's Bog Nature Preserve comprise the second largest complex of these wetland types in Rensselaer County, and the largest outside the Rensselaer Plateau. The fen and bog are surrounded by hemlock-hardwood swamp and red maple swamp and by uplands with hemlock-northern hardwood forest, all of which serve as a buffer for the ecologically significant fen and bog habitats.

The 38-acre Mud Lake Preserve was donated to the Rensselaer Land Trust by the Shuba family in 1996. In September 2017 the preserve was renamed to Young's Bog Nature Preserve with the exapansion of the preserve to 50.7-acres. The expansion of the preserve was made possible by a generous donation made by Christl Young in loving memory her family: Gisela Young (1921-2007), Charles Thomas Young, aka Tom (1926-2001), and Nick Young (1957-1976).YoungsBog Sept17

Because access involves crossing private property of adjoining neighbors, and because of the ecological sensitivity of the habitats, access to Young's Nature Preserve is restricted, and visitors must obtain prior permission from the Land Trust. The Land Trust conducts guided visits to Young's Bog Nature Preserve that are open to the public; check the Land Trust’s outings schedule during the spring, summer, or fall for upcoming outings to this preserve.

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Because access involves crossing private property of adjoining neighbors, and because of the ecological sensitivity of the habitats, access to Young's Bog Nature Preserve is restricted, and visitors must obtain prior permission from the Land Trust.

Young's Bog Nature Preserve at a glance

  • Hours: Visitors must get prior permission from the Land Trust, 518-659-5263.
  • Description: Young's Bog Nature Preserve protects a classic kettlehole bog with a floating mat of Sphagnum peat moss, and an ecologically significant wetland complex.
  • Activities: Nature and ecology study, birding.
  • Trails: No
  • Handicap Accessible: No
  • Location: Sand Lake
  • Acres: 50.7

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