How the Forest Grew: Depth and Complexity
Description: Bright Forest
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Different Points of View
Although some animals think of the forest as a blessing, some animals think of it as a curse. For example, meadow mice left because there weren’t enough places to hide. White footed mice replaced them because of the shelter, like hollowed out tree stumps. The deer came because of the shelter and food. The trees were different, too. Some liked sun, and others shade. The shade-loving trees are ash trees, red oak, red maple, and tulip trees. One of the sun-loving trees are white pines.
Over time, many things happen in a forest. Trees succeeded others; animals leave because of starvation and the need of shelter. 200 years ago the land was open and plain. 5 years later white pines started to grow and animals came over time. Soon, other trees grew and succeeded the white pines, which became almost extinct in that area. Animals left and new animals took their place. Over time, the events repeated themselves until the forest reached its climax stage.
Every forest grows the same, even though they are different. For example, every forest has a pioneer (beginning) stage, a middle stage, and a climax ( final ) stage. The pattern in those growth stages is the same, too. Things in a forest die to make room for new things, so the pattern continues over and over again before it can become an actual forest.
Some of the details in “How the Forest Grew” are the animals’ names. There are song sparrows, bobolinks, catbirds, meadow mice, cottontail rabbits, woodchucks, moles, shrews, and many more. Other details are the tree names. Some of the names are white pines, ash trees, red oak, red maple, tulip trees, and more. The third set of details are plant names, like dandelions chickweeds, ragweed, and much more.
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