Hello my name is Mrs. Deacon. Please join me as I travel to Nova Scotia to study the ecology of mammal populations.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Kejimkujik National Park

     Today, we travelled to Kejimkujik National Park ("Keji") to examine the forest.  Keji "is representative of the Atlantic Uplands forest region, including mixed coniferous and deciduous vegetation. While much of the forest has been disturbed by past logging, superb stands of large old growth hemlock and sugar maple-yellow birch can still be found." (http://www.pc.gc.ca/) Much of Nova Scotia's forests have been damaged due to many years of logging.  Within Keji, we went to an area called the "old growth forest" containing Hemlock that gave us insite into what the inland area of Nova Scotia would have looked like if the trees had remained.
     Eastern hemlock is one of the most shade tolerant tree species in the Park. Where it can escape severe fires, it can become the oldest species as well. These factors allow it to gain dominance in size and composition on the absence of major disturbance. Several groves of hemlocks, from 200 to 300 years of age, are found in the Park. 

    Forest fires do not often occur in this area, therefore the Hemlock forest has been able to reach status as a climax community. What is a climax communty?  What happens in a forest after a forest fire?

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