Forest In Transition
What Am I Looking At?
This Forest Tells a Story:
Though we donít know for sure what may have happened here, it is clear that this forest suffered a die off of trees. You can see the dead trees that are still standing as well as the new growth coming in.
- Could the stream you just crossed haveflooded the area when the Batson wasdammed by the beavers, causing the trees to die from their roots rotting?
- Could a bug infestation have come and killed many of the trees?
- Why and how did some of the trees survive, while others died?
It is fun to come up with a theory to tellthe story of the forest in front of you.
White Pine Undergrowth:
As you look at this forestyou can see what kinds of trees were here before, and you can see what new trees are coming in. Imagine what this forest will look like in 20 years once these white pines have started to grow in and the forest floor grows up. This is a unique opportunity to observe a forest while it is in transition.