With your help, we’ve protected 483 acres of Bog for future generations!

Fringed Gentian Bog (formerly Fermoy Bog)

We are preserving this tract for future generations of birds and birders! A $1,000 donation will get your name (or “In Memory of…” or “In Honor of…”) on a specific 1-acre parcel of this tract. ONLY 11 ACRES LEFT! Conatact Sparky at sparky@saxzim.org or 218-341-3350 if you’d like your name on one of the Fermoy Bog acres.


 40 acres

Activities at this tract:

A 360-foot boardwalk was completed in late fall 2019. In the future there will be a marked Hiking/Snowshoeing Trail taking off from the end of the boardwalk; Also birding, photography, botanizing.

Species of Interest: 

FOSZB Board Member Julie Ollila discovered an extensive stand of Fringed Gentian (Gentianopsis ???) during a work day at this bog. It was in early September and this species blooms into October. A Black-backed Woodpecker was heard here this fall as well. It is Alder swamp and aspen mixed in with mature Black Spruce and Tamarack. The bog holds lots of Pink Ladyslipper, Boreal Chickadee, Canada Jay, warblers, Mountain Fly Honeysuckle, Red-belted Polypore (Black Spruce specializing shelf-fungi), and more! Very few folks have explored this bog yet, but the completion of a 360-foot boardwalk should aid in access. If you do have some interesting sightings email Head Naturalist Clinton at naturalist@saxzim.org.


Roadside along Fermoy Road (Don’t pull over too far as it is easy to get stuck in winter)


No signage yet.


Along Fermoy Road just south of George Road and north of Zim Road. The property is located on the east side of the road (See Birding Map).


Address- 2964 Fermoy Road, Forbes, MN

Trailhead- 47.312362, -92.620133

From Highway 7: Head west on Zim Road. From Zim Road, turn right on to Fermoy Road (Cty 311). Continue north on Fermoy Road (Cty 311) for .42 miles. The trailhead will be on the east side of the road.


Thanks to all our very generous Bog Buddies shown on the map below! Each donated at least $1,000 to help us purchase this property. Thank you all! And note that there are 11 ACRES LEFT IF YOU WANT YOUR NAME OR MEMORIAL/HONORARIUM on this parcel.

 Bog Namesake: 

So far, this property is named for Fermoy Road! Naming rights for this property exist via donation. We’d be looking for at least a $20,000 donation to secure naming rights for your land legacy. Moneys from this donation would go to our Acres for Owls land preservation fund for preserving more bog for future generations of birds and birders.

For more information about donating to this property, email our Executive Director Sparky at sparky@saxzim.org or call 218-341-3350.