Ontario's Old Growth Forests

Ontario's Old Growth Forests

A Guidebook Complete With History, Ecology, and Maps

Book - 2010
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Who would have thought that dwarf cedar trees growing on the Niagara Escarpment could live to be nearly 2000 years old. Or that the small bonsai cedars lining the shorelines of the Canadian shield measure their ages in centuries. Old growth pine trees in Temagami are often over 10 storeys tall, but these are young sprouts compared to trees of yesteryear, which were as much as 20 storeys high.

Ontario's old growth forests are fantastical and mysterious, but who knows where to find one. Most people in this province live within an hour's drive of an old growth forest, but do not know it. The ecology of these stands is engrossing. Fire scars on these trees, for example, provide an indisputable record of forest fire activity in Ontario. Small hemlock saplings, over 100 years old, have been growing at infinitesimal rates, waiting for a gap to open in the forest canopy.

Publisher: Markham, Ont. : Fitzhenry & Whiteside, c2010
ISBN: 9781550415803
Branch Call Number: 333.7509713 Hen 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 232 p. :,ill. (some col.), col. maps
Additional Contributors: Quinby, Peter Allan 1955-


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Nov 21, 2014

A beautiful and deeply informative book, with fascinating details on the history, unique ecology, and flora and fauna of old growth forests. The three types of forests found in Ontario are detailed. The photographs are stunning.

Nov 15, 2010

If you are interested in trees and love the outdoors this book is an excellent account of Ontario's oldest protected forests.
It also is an account of how important trees and nature is.
I loved it

Scout_WPL Oct 01, 2010

Great way to spend time off. Have already visited two regional woods. Old growth forests are very special places to discover.

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