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Erica Barkley
Ontario Parks
Assistant Ecologist – Southeast Zone – Ontario Parks


This is a common question. A forest may have large trees, but is it TRULY old growth? There is no single definition for old growth forests in Ontario since forests are all so different. In some cases, old growth may refer to undisturbed forests that stand untouched over a long period of time. Others say tree age is a more defining feature of old-growth. While counting tree rings can help age a forest, here are a few easy features anyone can look for while walking through old-growth woods:

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Haya Aldoori
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Planting at ABOS
Photo by Mark Bernards

There was not a single cloud in the bright blue sky and the hot summer sun was shining down on the prairie with all of its might. Crouched down surrounded by wildflowers, you could hear the buzzing of the bees and the tall grass swaying slowly in the wind. With hands covered in the sandy soil, another New Jersey Tea plant goes into the ground.

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