Durham Regional Forest: June 2020

The Durham Regional Forest Main Tract is comprised of plantation forests established over 90 years ago, as well as ​mixed hardwood areas. There are more than 16 kilometres of trails in four marked loops and numerous secondary trails throughout the main tract.

There are many rough-looking side trails for mountain bikers. Some with odd names:

Two plants here that I don’t see often in the Toronto area are Bearberry:

Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)
Bearberry (Arctostaphylos uva-ursi)

(These berries should NOT be eaten!)

and Bristly Blackberry:

Bristly Blackberry (Rubus setosus)
Bristly Blackberry (Rubus setosus)
Bristly Blackberry (Rubus setosus)
Bristly Blackberry (Rubus setosus)

Other botany:

Starry False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum stellatum)
Starry False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum stellatum)
False Solomon-seal (Maianthemum racemosum)
Bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadense)
Doll’s-eyes (Actaea)
Doll’s-eyes (Actaea)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Alternate-leaved Dogwood (Cornus alternifolia)
Choke Cherry (Prunus virginiana)
Ostrich Fern
Lady Fern
May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)
Riverbank Grape (Vitis riparia)
Interrupted Fern
Sensitive Fern
White Spruce (Picea glauca)
Buttercup (Ranunculus acris)
Star-flower (Trientalis borealis)
Hop-hornbeam (Ostrya virginiana)
Basswood (Tilia americana)
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum)
Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis)
Graceful Sedge (Carex gracillima)
Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale)
Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
Sarsaparilla (Aralia nudicaulis)
White Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum)
Prickly Gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)
Red Maple (Acer rubra)
Poison Ivy (Toxicodendron rydbergii)
Yellow Hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum)
Orange Hawkweed (Hieracium caespitosum)
Ox-eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)
Dog-strangling Vine (Vincetoxicum rossicum)
Red Raspberry (Rubus strigosus)
Philadelphia Fleabane (Erigeron philadelphicus)

NATURE POETRY

“Everyone wants to live on top of the mountain,
but all the happiness and growth occurs while you’re climbing it.”   – Andy Rooney

Miles Hearn

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