Old-growth forests support a rarity: ancient trees that have lived more than ten times longer than the average individual tree in these locations, persisting across hundreds or even a thousand years. Because of their great age, these trees hold keys to the survival of their species and to the ecosystems in which they live.
Join Dr. Chuck Cannon to learn about a recent study that demonstrates how old trees create a bridge across changing environmental patterns and provide stability to the species over time with their deep genetic diversity. Find out why saving old and ancient trees is a vital part of conservation efforts. Tree planting or reforestation will not recreate these ancient trees for many centuries and their loss is a major extinction of deep genetic diversity.
This program meets in person at The Morton Arboretum.
Instructor Dr. Chuck Cannon, director of the Center for Tree Science, The Morton Arboretum
Age: 16 and older