Niagara Cliffs: Old Growth Forests


Botanists from the University of Guelph have discovered an old-growth forest (with small trees nearly 400 years old) as well as a great variety of animals and of rare plants on the Niagara Escarpment.  They demonstrate that the inaccessibility of cliff-faces and weather create these precious environments that deserve protection.  Bibliography available.  We hope that ongoing study of the portions of Niagara Gorge cliffs will reveal that they also, as similar environments around the world, are old-growth refuges.   To find details, please read the American Scientist article Cliffs as Natural Refuges (Sept/Oct 1999).