Trees & Ecology
Urban Forests: The Value of Trees in the City of Toronto
The cost savings produced by our urban forests make it clear that keeping the green on our streets, keeps the green in our wallets.
—TD Economics, 2014
Red Pine (Pinus_resinosa)
Red pine is a coniferous evergreen tree characterized by tall, straight growth in a variety of habitats. It usually ranges from 20–35 m (66–115 ft) in height and 1 m (3 ft 3 in) in trunk diameter, exceptionally reaching 43.77 m (143 ft 7 in) tall.
Diana Beresford-Kroeger: Botanist and Biochemist [Interview]
Diana Beresford-Kroeger, botanist, medical biochemist, and one of the world’s leading experts on trees, discusses the benefits to human life of a healthy ecosystem and the importance of preserving the heritage of old growth trees.
Tiny Forest [Documentary Video]
A Tiny Forests® is a densely packed native forests, that fits into the size of a tennis court. The forest is not just a pleasant spot for butterflies, birds, bees and small mammals; it is a great place for people too.
Pine Tree Diseases and How to Treat Them
Ten diseases in pine trees to help identify ailing issues. Some infections are more severe than others and affect different pine tree types. Keep in mind that a professional arborist should make any diagnosis.
NOTE: Because the pines in our forest are planted densely, lack of sunlight has caused lower branches to shed needles. However, the tops are green and indicate good health
Pine Plantation Conversion
Overview on methods to improve the health of plantation type forests, in order to create a long-term, resilient and productive ecosystem. Something that can be achieved in the Hunt Club Forest instead of destroying for asphalt.
Afforestation: From Plantation to Forest [Video]
In this video, Elizabeth Celanowicz (Director of Operations with Forests Ontario) and Fraser Smith (Registered Professional Forester) discuss afforestation – the process of planting trees in an area which has not been previously forested. They visit a 35-year-old pine plantation that was recently thinned. Here they explain on how proper forest management is used to open up the canopy and allow for more sunlight in to encourage natural regeneration of plant species in the understory.