Forest Ecosystems Daily: Adventures in heath balds

Today's adventure took us off-trail in search of a secret heath bald. Determined bushwacking, which involved some crawling, took us up and into the

Today’s adventure took us off-trail in search of a secret heath bald. Determined bushwacking, crawling through Rhododendron woven together with sawbriar, we made our way upslope as the canopy around us shrunk and the trees disappeared. We emerged into the open sunlight surrounded by the many evergreen shrubs that form a heath bald. We recorded 3 Rhododendrons, 2 Kalmias, and 1 highbush blueberry, which we sampled, before making our way back down, feeling the accomplishment of ecological explorers.

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