Some people associate old-growth forests with enchantment or horror stories. We don’t know about that, but we do know that old-growth forests contain the best kind of tangible magic. These ancient groves combat climate change and weather extremes, making preservation critical. Even as climate change accelerates and habitats disappear, old-growth forests remain steadfast and stand tall.
Scientific research has provided deep insights into how old forests help save the planet.
Old-growth forests absorb enormous amounts of carbon. What’s more, they offer shade and release water into the atmosphere – helping to cool the earth’s temperatures.
Old-growth forests stood long before man arrived and ruined everything. They’ve been growing for centuries and are home to incredible biodiversity. For these reasons, old-growth forests can withstand fires and other natural disasters.
Walking into one of these ancient forests can be surreal and other-worldly. It turns out this is literally the case. Within the deep green lies micro-climates and unique habitats for several endangered species. This world within a world contributes significantly to slowing global warming. Younger forests are unfortunately not there yet.
Superb Root Systems
Old trees control what happens under the soil. Their roots contribute to soil quality and are crucial for tree regeneration.
Therapeutic, Healing Properties
Trees – the mere sight of them – can evoke healing and peace. Ancient forests contain untapped medical secrets. The depths of the forests contain cures for debilitating diseases. Old trees look majestic. They also produce phytochemicals that contain several medicinal properties. Fungi that grow in old-growth forests have incredible healing capabilities. Scientists are already testing the effects of fungi against new illness species.
From nourishing root systems to life-giving canopies, old-growth forests matter to the survival of our planet.