Ontario's Old Growth Forests by Michael HenryOntario's Old Growth Forests by Michael Henry

Ontario's Old Growth Forests

byMichael Henry, Peter Quinby

Hardcover | November 30, 2009

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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.

Michael Henry is an experienced ecologist and has spent many years working with the non-profit organization Ancient Forest Exploration and Research. He has also worked with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the U.S. National Park Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey. He lives in Peterborough, Ontario.Dr. Peter Quinby has be...
Title:Ontario's Old Growth ForestsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 10.25 × 10 × 1 inPublished:November 30, 2009Publisher:Fitzhenry & WhitesideLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1550415808

ISBN - 13:9781550415803

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Table of Contents


Ontario's Old-growth Sites


Chapter 1 Introduction

    What is Old Growth?

    The Values of Old Growth

      Scientific Value

      Biodiversity Value

      Aesthetic and Spiritual Value

      Innate Value

    Ontario's Forest Regions

    How Much Old Growth Is Left?

Chapter 2 Carolinian Forest (Deciduous Forest)



    Guide to Selected Old-Growth Carolinian Forests

      Rondeau Provincial Park

      Clear Creek Forest

      Springwater Conservation Area (White's Woods)

      Jackson Gunn Old Growth Forest

      Backus Woods

      John E. Pearce Provincial Park

      Niagara Glen Nature Reserve

      Paradise Grove

      Twenty Valley (Ball's Falls Heritage Conservation Area)

      Cootes Paradise (Royal Botanical Gardens)

      High Park

      Sherwood Park Forest

Chapter 3 Northern Hardwood, Hemlock, and Other Forests



    Guide to Selected Old-Growth Hardwood, Hemlock, and Other Forests

      Kinghurst Forest

      Awenda Provincial Park

      Peter's Woods Nature Reserve

      Mark S. Burnham Provincial Park (Burnham Woods)

      Gillies Grove

      Shaw Woods

      Clear Lake Hemlock Forest

      Algonquin Park

      Algonquin Hiking Trails

        Hardwood Lookout Trail

        Track and Tower Trail

        Highland Backpacking Trail

        Cathedral Grove (Bat Lake Trail)

      Algonquin Canoe Routes

      Cache Lake Area

      Pen Lake

      Dickson Lake and Lake Lavieille

      Big Trout and Burntroot Lakes

      Nadine Lake Hardwoods

Chapter 4 White and Red Pine



    Guide to Selected Old-Growth White and Red Pine Forests

      Algonquin Park

      Dividing Lake Nature Reserve

      Big Pines Trail

      Big Crow Nature Reserve

      Dickson Lake Red Pine


      McLaren Forest and Highway 11 Scenic Reserve

      Lake Temagami Skyline Reserve and Islands

      Temagami Island

      Rabbit Lake West Conservation Reserve (Bolton Lake Forest)

      Cassels Lake Narrows

      White Bear Forest

      Blueberry Lake Forest

      Obabika Forest

      Wolf Lake

      The North Shore of Lake Huron

        Spanish River

        Rushbrook Lake Old-Growth Forest

        Bark Lake Old-Growth Forest

        Algoma Highlands

      Western Ontario

        Greenwood Lake

        Quetico Provincial Park

        Lake of the Woods Islands

Chapter 5 The Boreal Forest



    The Boreal Forest As Wildlife Habitat

    Guide to Selected Old-Growth Boreal Forest Sites

      Little Abitibi Provincial Park (Lake Abitibi Model Forest)

      Nokomis Trail (Lake Superior Provincial Park)

      Michipicoten Post Provincial Park and the Voyageur Trail

      Rainbow Falls Provincial Park

      Sleeping Giant Provincial Park

      Missinaibi Provincial Park

Chapter 6 Ancient Cedars



      Guide to Selected Ancient Cedar Sites

      Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

      Lion's Head Provincial Nature Reserve

      Bruce Peninsula National Park

      Fathom Five National Marine Park

      Bon Echo Provincial Park


Chapter 7 Conserving Old-Growth Forests

    Some History

    The Origin of Old Growth

      Grassroots Science and Advocacy in Ontario

      Ontario's Old-Growth Policy

      Logging Continues

      Other Threats

      Climate Change

      Wood Shortage

      Invasive Species

      Development and Land Clearing

    Some Solutions

    Parks and Protected Areas

    Wildlife Corridors

    Wood Certification

    What Can You Do?


Bibliography and Resources

GPS Coordinates in Metres and Degrees

About the Authors


Editorial Reviews

"In Ontario we dwell among ancient living pillars that hold our deep histories and the breath of our distant futures. This is a wonderful book to get to know."
-- Sarah Harmer, musician