County conservation, Pheasants Forever team up to offer new fen for public use

Area Pheasants Forever chapters and Franklin County Conservation celebrated the dedication of the Forever Fen on Saturday. The fen provides an area for hunting as well as a wetland that contains unique species of plants and animals for wildlife enthusiasts. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Franklin County Conservation last weekend welcomed a new resource for outdoors enthusiasts.

On Saturday, Franklin County Conservation and Pheasants Forever held a dedication ceremony for the Forever Fen, a hunting and recreational plot on Spring Creek west of Beed’s Lake.

Ned Parker, Franklin County Conservation Director, said the land is unique as it is a fen, which is a wetland fed by an underground aquifer.

“There is always water flowing through it, which means it never freezes and that allows for unique plants, insects and song birds,” he said. “There are several species listed as threatened or of concern on the site.”

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