OLD GROWTH MYTHS
Old growth is red and white pine
Yes, red and white pine can become old growth, but it is not the only tree species that reach old growth stage. Most tree communities can. So far, other species of old growth identified in Temagami are black ash, white cedar, black spruce, sugar maple and jack pine.
Old growth is just unproductive trees
Productive implies use exclusively for industrial purposes, for forest products. The forest industry treats wild lands as tree farms there to supply raw materials for its mills. Old trees do not grow as fast as younger ones, and often have rot. Rot does not immediately kill a tree, but rather slows its growth, therefore slowing production of the "fiber" that industry wants. So forest companies want to cut down old forests so they can be replaced by younger, faster-growing trees.
All Temagami is old growth
The true extent of old growth is not yet known as only red and white pine have been studied. But many areas have faced fire, disease, insects, windstorms and logging so contain younger, non-old-growth forests.
Old-growth pine is not endangered
With less than one percent of the world's old-growth red and white pine ecosystems remaining, it is endangered.
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