A Special Little Ecosystem: Hackberry Park in Carleton Place, Ontario

There’s something kind of cool – or maybe warm – going on in Carleton Place! This town is home to a stand of more than 700 hackberry trees, which is unusual because they are not native to this area and are usually found in an entirely different climate zone in southwestern Ontario. It is believed nomadic First Nations peoples brought them here, as they used the berries and bark for medicinal purposes. The trees have managed to thrive in part because they like dry, rocky ground and also because the Mississippi River does not freeze below the falls, creating an ecosystem that supports their growth. The Ferguson Forest Centre in Kemptville harvests and grows the berries so Carleton Place can perpetuate this family of hackberry trees as part of its tree-planting program. Come and see these tall, corky-barked trees for yourself and explore the place they call home! Contact www.cpchamber.com or 613-257-1976 for info.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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