oldest tree in eastern N. AM

Jan Bloom

LOVES Wooden Canoes
The oldest tree in Eastern North America is a Northern White Cedar dated to 1006 years old. Location not given but somewhere on the Niagara escarpment. I hope it is in a park or otherwise protected.
I'm not sure that one holds up... there are several cypress trees in southern Illinois that are over 1000 years old:

The Cache River State Natural area is a very cool place to paddle. In the summertime, you do have to be aware of snakes falling out of trees into canoes, according to local legend. I think they just want to keep the place to themselves. :eek:
Man, can you imagine a canoe built with 1000 year old cedar?!

It is theoretically possible that some of our early wood and canvas canoes were built from old growth logs which may have been over 1000 years old. I have often wondered if any of the tree growth ring databases were detailed enough to date a canoe from the relatively small pieces of wood used to build it.

The page at http://www.kingtutshop.com/freeinfo/egyptian-boats.htm describes a few cedar Egyptian boats shaped like canoes that are several thousand years old.

Man, can you imagine a canoe built with 1000 year old cedar?! <eg>

The old cedars found on the Niagara Escarpment aren't big enough to build a canoe. Here's an example photo; http://epod.usra.edu/blog/2008/12/ancient-cedars-on-bruce-peninsula.html

Doug Larson, a biologist at the University of Guelph (where I currently work) did a lot of the pioneering research into these microclimate cedars.
Here's the site for the Cliff Ecology Research Group. which published "The Last Stand; A Journey Through the Ancient Cliff-Face Forest of the Niagara Escarpment"

For further interest, here is the website of "Ancient Forest Exploration and Research";
Thanks for posting the link to the Cedars of the Niagara Escarpment. That link lead to some wonderful photos. So thanks again for a few minutes of viewing pleasure this morning.
You're welcome, Dennis.
Another interesting feature of the Niagara Escarpment is waterfalls. (ie. Niagara Falls. Duh!)

Actually, I live in Hamilton, newly touted as the "city of waterfalls", with over 125 and counting. I am fortunate to live about a couple hundred yards from the escarpment within half an hours walk of about 20 falls.
See; http://www.cityofwaterfalls.ca/
We too live in a very neat part of the world. The Niagara Escarpment is just a few miles South of us. We, however, live on the Canadian Shield part of the Upper Peninsula just 6 miles South of Lake Superior.