While our staff come across forests of almost pure eastern hemlock occasionally, it was the diversity of fungi under the canopy within this area that made this 3.1 ha site stand out. Over two dozen species of fungi were observed on a late July day in 2021.  Eastern hemlock is a long-lived species, taking up to 200-300 years to reach maturity, with one recorded in the Northeastern US being 988 years old. The bark was much sought after for its use in the leather tanning business in the 1800 to early 1900s, with many trees felled solely for their bark.

This site can be accessed at the intersection of Nova Scotia snowmobile trails #220 and #17, about 3.5km SSE of River Phillip, NS. 


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