I’ve been gathering these factoids as part an old growth restoration project in Guelph.
Ontario’s Old Growth Forests to be published by Fitzhenry and Whiteside in early 2009. Authors are Michael Henry and Peter Quinby.
Here’s a site for the Oldest trees in Ontario.
Quote from The Last Stand by Peter E. Kelly & Douglas W. Larson (2007: Natural Heritage Books, call # 585.4 Kel at Guelph Public Library):
By 1978, only 0.07% of southern Ontario’s land base supported forest stands with trees older than 120 years.
A very interesting book to read with incredible pictures and sketches. Most amazing factoid to me: The oldest cedar found in their survey of the Niagara Escarpment (called “The Ancient One”) is at Lion’s Head and is now 1,321 years old.
If any has any more good links please comment below.