We remember when we were young being told at school that trees were pretty uninteresting and even dumb. That tired old attitude of they don't talk, they don't move around so nothing to see here. In the past couple of decades scientific research has been showing an entirely different story. Trees are far more interesting than was believed and they have an amazing communication system in the soil beneath their trunks. Trees in forests, particularly when there are very old trees present, communicate with each other, help and hinder each other, and even warn each other of danger.
These research findings have implications for those of us restoring land. They show the importance of keeping our old trees and any remanent vegetation on our properties. Furthermore, that group plantings are ultimately more effective than planting solitary trees, and that our efforts will likely have more impact if we plant trees near old trees.
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