The Copeland Forest in Ontario, is a wonderful place to walk with your camera….
TALL AND STRAIGHT…
In the 1800’s, Simcoe County was rich in forests. The early lumber barons saw the forests as an inexhaustible source of lumber. Much of this resource was shipped to England.
ROTTENING BARK and MUSHROOMS LIT UP BY BITS OF SUNLIGHT
On the other hand, early settlers found that the forests covered land that could be farmed and they too felled trees. Simcoe county was eventually stripped of most of its natural forests and became a giant wasteland.
TRILLIUMS – ONTARIO’S OFFICIAL FLOWER
White – Most Common and Red – Not
In 1922, several tracts of land were purchased by MNR (Ministry of Natural Resources) and saplings were planted by volunteers. Every section of unused land in Simcoe County has now been used for this purpose. Today, the forests are filled with all types of trees native to Ontario. The tracts are open to the public as trails for walking, cross country skiiing, bike riding, and horseback riding.
As one travels the major highway 400 and other major roads, you can not help but notice the tall pine forests. These tracts of land now have a rich undergrowth. Great for taking photos!
The Copeland Forest is also the place we donate the raccoons who dare to dig up our backyard each year…No one can say we don’t do our part to enrich the environment!
Thanks for coming by….. See you tomorrow!