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Old 12-30-2016, 02:21 PM   #1
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I saw this article shared on Facebook, and I thought others here would enjoy it:

A Secret Forest Grew for Millennia in North America Without Anyone Noticing | Atlas Obscura
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Very interesting article. The western edge of the Niagara Escarpment is not too far from where I live, about 40 miles as the crow flies. It contains some very unique habitats. Here's a little more information on the escarpment and the old growth trees:
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About the time Michelangelo was sculpting in Italy, a white cedar tree took root in a fissure of the Niagara Escarpment in Door County near what would be called Sven's Bluff centuries later. Today, though it lacks the stature of Michelangelo's "David," that cedar still clings twisted and sculpted by nature to the dolomite cliff where it rooted 500 years ago. It is one of thousands across the U.S. and Canada comprising a vertical forest, the most extensive old-growth forest east of the Rockies.
Vertically inclined -- Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine -- December 2005

Door county is the little thumb that extends into Lake Michigan on the northeastern edge of Wisconsin.
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There are some old-growth Virginia junipers (eastern redcedar) on some cliffs in the Mohawk Valley of NY as well. You can see them from I-90 if you ever pass through that way.
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Very interesting article. The western edge of the Niagara Escarpment is not too far from where I live, about 40 miles as the crow flies. It contains some very unique habitats. Here's a little more information on the escarpment and the old growth trees:
Vertically inclined -- Wisconsin Natural Resources magazine -- December 2005

Door county is the little thumb that extends into Lake Michigan on the northeastern edge of Wisconsin.
Very cool. Love the way it was expressed too.
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There are some old-growth Virginia junipers (eastern redcedar) on some cliffs in the Mohawk Valley of NY as well. You can see them from I-90 if you ever pass through that way.
I love to see cliff communities and rock the outcrops.

I'll have to watch for them if we ever make it out there.
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How old is the old growth near Harmony gardens?
That stand survived the Peshtigo fire of 1871 didn't it?
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Yes, I believe the stand did survive the Peshtigo fire so some of the trees are old enough to be called old growth, and some of the habitat in that area could be called old growth. But it isn't designated as an old growth forest because it isn't a large enough area. The area with the old trees is only about 60 acres; it would have to be a much larger area in order for it to be formally designated as an old growth forest.

It would really be interesting if someone could get some tree ring core samples and determine the actual age of the larger trees.
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Oh OK...So I was correct in thinking that it was old growth. Pretty nice area none the same even thought it's small.
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I saw this article shared on Facebook, and I thought others here would enjoy it:

A Secret Forest Grew for Millennia in North America Without Anyone Noticing | Atlas Obscura
That is a very cool article Dapj! I'll neer think of stunted shrubs in inhospitable environments the same way again.
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That is a very cool article Dapj! I'll neer think of stunted shrubs in inhospitable environments the same way again.
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Me either!
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