A research project into the rejuvenation habits of Dufferin County’s official tree won’t “formally” be studied in Mulmur any longer.
Started about 20 years ago, the project that saw researchers with the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) study the regeneration habits of red oak in the county forest’s Main Tract has fallen off the province’s map.
“It has sort of faded away, is the best way to describe it,” said Caroline Mach, manager of the Dufferin County Forest. “The technical, statistically sound collection of data by scientists with PhDs is not going to continue. It is going to continue in a more practical sense only.”
Red oak was made Dufferin’s official tree back in 2005, when the county embarked on a number of projects to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its forest tracts.
“Historically, this area has had a lot of red oak,” Mach said.