835. The Bog

MADISON: The bog area, near the stone pillar entrance, isn’t really a bog.. NARRATOR – Retired State Park Environmental Scientist Lorrie Madison. MADISON: We call it that because it’s sort of a wetland area, it has more highly developed soil than other areas of the park it has better water holding capacity, so plants really thrive in that area. NARRATOR – A hundred years ago, there were nine small ponds parallel to Asilomar Avenue, and this bog was one of them. Over time, the pond filled with sediment and plants, but high underground water levels keep the soil moist. The bog is a haven for native plants. MADISON: It’s so lush and we have so many native species in there that it’s hard for exotics to even get a foothold. NARRATOR – At the stone pillar entrance, look for giant rye grass. Its flowering spikes grow up to nine feet high, providing shelter for all kinds of animals. You’ll also see shrubs like wax myrtle, blue blossom ceanothus, and monkeyflower. Two of California’s most common native plants thrive here: blackberry and poison oak. People often mix them up, but you don’t have to! Blackberry bushes have stems with thorns, poison oak does not.