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Discovering Adirondack Old Growth Forests

Above: Naturalist Bruce Kershner's daughter peering out from under a 450-year-old yellow birch on Ampersand Mountain.

The Adirondacks are home to some of the East's largest old growth forests. Martha Foley talks with naturalist Bruce Kershner, who spent part of this summer finding the towering trees.

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For more information on Adirondack old growth forest, e-mail Bruce Kershner.

Elizabeth Folwell at Adirondack Life recommends the following sources for more information on Adirondack old growth:

" Barbara McMartin's The Great Forest of the Adirondacks (North Country Books, 1994) explains the how, where and why of old-growth timber, hardwoods and softwoods, although it predates the 1995 microburst that destroyed white pines in Five Ponds Wilderness Area. Two key Adirondack Life stories are "The Road Less Traveled," a driving tour on the Powley-Piseco Road through wonderful old growth, in the 1993 Annual Guide, and "The Original Woods," a feature by Barbara McMartin in August 1994."

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