Photo: white pine silhouette


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Old growth is a rich forest community that can be centuries old. Old trees, snags and deadfalls are common to all old-growth forests. 

Old trees

Old growth contains old trees, but all trees are not old. Neither are all old trees necessarily big. Their size will be influenced by many factors like climate and soil. In Temagami's red and white pine stands there are trees up to 380 years of age.


Photo: old growth forest


Old growth contains standing dead trees, or snags. After death trees become hosts for a whole new community of life. Woodpeckers come in search of the insects that now live in them. The woodpecker cavities become homes for birds and small mammals. Life begins at death. 


Photo: old growth snag


The forest floor contains logs of fallen trees. Yet another community moves in after the tree has fallen, including mosses, lichens and understory plants. Deadfalls of large trees can remain on the forest floor for centuries, nourishing its inhabitants. 

Photo: old-growth nursery log


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