A fawn somehow works its way through the waters of Eby Bog near Bristol. Provided photo
A fawn somehow works its way through the waters of Eby Bog near Bristol. Provided photo
BRISTOL — An inaccessible bog in Elkhart County — separated from public roads by poison sumac and a cattail marsh — has gained more protection from future development.

The nonprofit ACRES Land Trust has just added another 23 acres to the 10 acres it owns at Eby Bog. That leaves just a sliver of land that ACRES wants to eventually acquire so that it owns the entire bog, said Casey Jones, director of land management.

The bog, north of Bonneyville Mill County Park and near a Christmas tree farm, likely won’t see any public access, Jones said, since it’s already so hard to reach. ACRES may organize a workshop for the public there next year, though, he said.

Still, it preserves one of just a handful of bogs in northern Indiana. Only certain plants can survive in these wetlands and their floating mat of vegetation because of their highly acidic water.

But Eby Bog had botanist Scott Namestnik “baffled” after he did an inventory of plants in late May. He didn’t find three plants that are telltale signs of a bog. One is the tamarack tree. He’s hoping two insect-eating plants, the sundew and pitcher plant, are hidden by the spring’s high waters or in a spot he didn’t cover, although he’d explored much of it. Both were spied emerging this spring at Elkhart Bog, another bog that ACRES is currently holding.

“You always miss some things,” said Namestnik, who works for Orbis Environmental Consulting.

He hopes they appear when he follows up for another plant survey late this month and again in late summer.
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