Gabriel Popkin said that “native trees are the last truly wild beings.” This statement really struck me because I’ve never thought of trees as being wild but then again before last year I never thought about trees really at all. I have recently started to realize how important trees are; not in that they are just present in the world but what types of trees makes up different habitats. The types of tree in an area can dictate what other plant life grows there and what animals can call that place home. Forest types can change mostly due to human intervention; Popkin stated that he think we are going to be living in a world of beech and it not a future he would like to see. I have to agree with him diversity in all parts of life are important for a successful community. My hope through this class is to gain a better understanding of the native tree species of Ohio.
Sugar Maple (Acer Saccharum)
Sugar maples have grayish bark and have opposite leaf arrangement. Their leaves are simple and smoothly lobed. This tree was found near the Rocky River Nature Center in the Cleveland Metro-parks; in a mixed deciduous, conifer forest. The lumber from sugar maples is commonly used for bowling allies.(Sugar Maple)
“Sugar Maple.” Sugar Maple, July 1997, https://ostermiller.org/tree/sugarmaple.html.