Ontario would be a different place without trees. Each spring, trees are among the first plants to bring a flush of green. In summer, trees shade our parks and yards, giving shelter from hot sun and drenching downpours and providing homes for birds and squirrels. In autumn, the red and golden leaves of some trees create a beautiful patchwork of colour, and the fruits of others provide delicious treats. In winter, evergreen trees shelter us from wind and snow and add colour to a drab landscape.
Trees are our largest plants, and they dominate many ecological systems. Some plants require the shelter of a forest canopy for survival, while others need the partial protection of open-grown trees in sunnier sites to become established. Beneath the canopy, light levels are lower, humidity is higher and the immediate impacts of wind and rain are muted.
Trees are also ecosystems producers. They create large quantities of carbohydrates and oxygen, and they store huge amounts of nutrients in their massive trunks and branches. Their leaves, flowers, fruits, bark and twigs provide food for insects, birds and mammals, and their trunks and boughs provide shelter and nesting sites.
This books discusses this and so much more about Ontario trees. It is a resourceful book that each home should have if you are interested in nature, as I am.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth