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Niagara's 'corridor of antiquity'.

Within the spray zone of Niagara Falls, clinging to a cliff on the American side, lies an ancient cedar, 400-600 years old. Its roots could be as old as 2,000 years.

The cedar is one of an estimated 1,300 newly discovered, old-growth cedars that line both sides of the Niagara Gorge. Bruce Kershner, a forest ecologist and old-growth expert, calls the Lower Niagara River "a corridor of antiquity" due to the presence of these and other old-growth trees.

Since 1994 on the American side and 2001 on the Canadian, hundreds of old-growth trees from a variety of species have been found. And more are likely. The list includes individuals and stands of red, white, and black oaks; willows, and black walnuts. And the list goes on, with ages estimated to range from 175 to 275 years old.

The findings include what is believed to be the oldest stands of Shumard's oak (200-225 years old) found north of the Deep South and the first known old-growth stands of scarlet oak in Ontario (aged 185-230 years). Within sight of a restored fort from the War Of 1812, in Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario, lies Paradise Grove.

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Experts say all the original forest was cut down since the war, but several species of oaks as old as 225 years have been found there. Within Niagara Falls, Ontario, researchers found Niagara Glen, the largest urban old-growth forest north of the Mason-Dixon line.
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Title Annotation:Clippings; trees
Author:Warwick, Peter D.A.
Publication:American Forests
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 22, 2004
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