I love it when you’re on a road trip, you need a break, and suddenly you drive by the trailhead to a gem of a place like Loverens Mill Cedar Swamp. This Nature Conservancy property in Antrim, New Hampshire, has been the site of Atlantic white cedar (Chamaecyparis thyoides) for more than 4,000 years.
(Check out my not-really-related post, “What Do You Say When You Meet a 4,000-Year-Old Tree?”)
The swamp shares characteristics with the evergreen boreal forests that wrap around the top of the world just south of the Arctic Circle. Even though it’s slightly out of range of these forests, which account for an impressive 30% of all the world’s forested area, the way the valley was sculpted by glaciers allows for cold air to funnel into the swamp, which creates the right conditions for this beautiful landscape.