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PostPosted: October 21st, 2012, 11:36 am 
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Interesting that the Toronto portage ran through this forest on the way to Holland marsh and Lake Simcoe during the fur trade days.

The Happy Valley Forest is one of the largest remaining intact upland deciduous forest on Canada's Oak Ridges Moraine.... The area also holds special cultural significance, given its association with the Toronto Carrying-place, a historic portage and travel route.

The Happy Valley Forest is a special area that features all the elements necessary to achieve old-growth structure in the next 50 years, at a scale large enough to allow for natural disturbances such as wildfires, insect outbreaks, disease and severe storms. These events can significantly impact the structure and composition of any landscape, however because larger landscapes can accommodate the impact of natural disturbances, it is important to protect the Happy Valley Forest at this scale. Nowhere else on the western Moraine or within the GTA is old-growth forest of this extent achievable. Old-growth forests provide important functions in the ecosystem, from fostering complex relationships and dependencies with wildlife, to carbon sequestration and stream protection. Essentially, old-growth forests act as a reservoir for biodiversity. ... orest.html


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