Park Natural History
Natural forest regeneration following disturbance
After large forest fires typical of our region, there were often many biological legacies: some living and many dead trees, typically large in size. These legacies contributed substantially to biological diversity in the regenerating forest. Old-growth forest conditions typically develop in this region when a forest is from 200 to 500 or more years old. What defines old-growth forest conditions is not age, however, but ecological condition. As a forest regenerates, it goes through many stages during succession.