Journeys in ancient and old growth forests
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Eastern hemlock speaking series

Many of the oldest, most ecologically intact forests in Ontario are dominated by hemlock… and often they are much closer to home than you’d imagine. Starting in March 2017 Michael Henry, author of Ontario’s Old-Growth Forests, will give presentations about the history, ecology, and future of eastern hemlock forests.

If you’re interested in attending a talk contact info@ancientforest.org, sign up for our newsletter, or check back here. Presentations will explore:

  • The unusual ecology and history of eastern hemlock forests
  • How old patches survived and where they are
  • How to recognize old forest, and old trees
  • The future of hemlock forests: they need our help
  • The larger problem of invasive forest pests and what we need to do

Michael Henry is the lead author of Ontario’s old-growth forests, and works as an ecologist and educator with Ancient Forest Exploration and Research. He began studying the old-growth pine forests of central Ontario in the mid-1990’s, and has spent time studying, writing and speaking about old-growth forests and their conservation ever since. Recently he is involved in projects to conserve eastern hemlock forests, to locate old trees on the landscape, and to study old-growth forest in the Toronto ravines.

Michael maintains a blog about forest conservation at ancientforest.org, and about broader issues of sustainability and sustainable building at thesustainablehome.net.

March 23, 7 p.m. at the Scugog Memorial Library (231 Water Street, Port Perry)

Tree Trouble

Trees are a dominant feature of the natural landscape. Unfortunately, one by one Ontario’s tree species are being assaulted by a range of fungal blights, diseases, and introduced insect pests altering the species makeup of our forests. Chestnut Blight, Dutch Elm Disease and Emerald Ash Borer come to mind. Join North Durham Nature’s James Kamstra and Mike Henry, a forest ecologist with the Ancient Forest Exploration and Research Group, for this presentation.

James will look at the origins, spread and implications of the various pathogens, and warn us of new ones on the horizon. Mike will be talking about the Eastern Hemlock project he is leading involving the documentation of the spread of the Hemlock Wooly Adelgid, an aphid like insect that has had a large impact on the hemlock forest in the Appalachian Mountains, and was recently discovered in Ontario.

Please meet at 7 p.m. at the Scugog Memorial Library (231 Water Street, Port Perry). Everyone is welcome! A donation of $5 is appreciated from non-members. For more information, please visit our website at www.northdurhmnature.com or “Like” us on Facebook!