in a green pitcher plant (Sarracenia oreophila) at Coosa Bog Preserve, Alabama.
Green tree frog (Hyla cinerea) in a green pitcher plant (Sarracenia oreophila) at Coosa Bog Preserve, Alabama. © Alan Cressler

Places We Protect

Coosa Bog Preserve

Alabama

Coosa Bog was the first Alabama acquisition for the Conservancy.

Coosa Bog Preserve was the first Alabama acquisition for The Nature Conservancy after opening the state chapter in 1989. It shelters one of the fewer than forty known colonies of green pitcher plants, (Sarracenia oreophila), a federally-listed endangered species. The preserve is also home to grass-leaf loosestrife, another rare plant species.

Why TNC Selected This Site

Although the green pitcher plant was once found in four states, its range has been significantly reduced.  Populations have been destroyed by residential and agricultural development, shrub and tree encroachment due to suppression of naturally occurring fires, commercial and amateur collecting of live plants, drainage and impoundment of wetland habitat, and other hydrological alterations.

What TNC is Doing

The Nature Conservancy is currently working to maintain and restore this site through various stewardship activities, including prescribed burning and exotic species control and monitoring.

How to Prepare for Your Visit

Due to the preserve's fragile habitat and rare species, visitation is limited. For further information, call 205-251-1155 or e-mail ktassin@tnc.org

Plants

The Coosa Bog gives life to one of the few colonies of green pitcher plants, and houses the rare species of grass-leaf loosestrife.