Botanical Wonders Abound in West Virginia’s ‘Cranberry Glades’


| 8/2/2016 1:41:00 PM


Tags: ecotourism, traveling, botany, carnivorous plants, Barry Glick, West Virginia,

 

To completely understand The Cranberry Glades of West Virginia, you’ll have to go back about 12,000 years to the end of the last Ice Age, and envision yourself as a prehistoric caveperson.

Things are starting to warm up a bit and the ice is retreating. The times they are a changing.

Now, most folks hear the word “glade” and think of a wet area. Not so! A glade is a bright opening in a dense forest. A “bog” is a wet area and we’ll be chatting about both further down the page — I just wanted to get the nomenclature out of the way.

OK, back to the Ice Age:

It seems that when the ice came down from what we, nowadays, call Canada, it brought with it much of the vegetation that is native to those northern climes. When the ice retreated, it magically left those plants behind to thrive. There are many species of plants, trees and shrubs that are at their southernmost limit in “The Glades.”




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