Kitchen Magnet Depicting the Forest of Congaree National Park's Oakridge Trail
This acrylic magnet displays an image of the forest characteristic of South Carolina's Congaree National Park. The lack of underbrush in the picture is typical of old growth bottomland hardwood forests, of which the park's is the largest intact expanse left in the southeastern United States. The trees pictured in the image are Bald Cypresses, one of the primary species of the bottomland hardwoods. The vivid colors and sharp resolution of the magnet's image will immediately call to mind the wonderful wilderness explorations you made when visiting Congaree National Park. Perhaps you haven't yet made your trip there; no matter, as the magnet is both very useful, conveniently affixing all sorts of things to your fridge door, and a potential inspiration for a future visit to the park! Moreover, acrylic is such a durable material that you'll be able to treasure this souvenir for years to come.
The Unique Ecology of the Bottomland Hardwoods
Primarily made up of deciduous trees (those who shed their leaves yearly for the fall and winter), bottomland hardwood forests are primarily found in the floodplains of rivers and lakes. The regular and natural instances of flooding that take place in these locations builds up the particular kind of soil-alluvial, or the loose sediments deposited by water-that the characteristic species of the bottomland hardwoods need in which to thrive. Some of these species include the bald cypress, the water tupelo, and the swamp chestnut oak. The flourishing of the bottomland hardwoods is essential to alleviating the risk and severity of flooding that inevitably happens in low lying areas around waterways; unfortunately, the practice of logging in many parts of the southeastern US has eliminated these natural barriers. Congaree National Park, however, is dedicated to preserving these unique species.