A woody forest in the northern Ontario town of Woodgrove has grown to the size of a football field after a couple of years of growing timber on it, according to an article in The Globe and Mail.
“We’ve got a really big tree here, and now it’s growing like a weed,” said resident and woodworker Paul MacLean.
“It’s a little hard to see because it’s so big, but you can see the roots and it’s very, very tall.”
MacLean said he noticed the forest growing over the past two years, and had hoped it would be harvested soon.
“The wood has been growing here for two years,” he said.
“I thought that was going to be the end of it.”
But he didn’t expect the forest would grow as much as it has over the next five years.
“My first thought was ‘Oh my God, there’s going to have to be a new generation of trees coming in,’ because it has been so slow growing,” he told the paper.
“And I was like ‘Oh God, I’m going to miss this.'”
MacLean is a member of the Woodgroves Community Association, and he’s spent a lot of time trying to get people interested in wood harvesting.
The wood was taken to a forestry company, where it was tested for disease resistance.
But the company said the wood has not tested positive for the bacteria that cause the wood-borne illness called “bacterial meningitis,” so they don’t want to let people into the forest until they have the disease under control.
“This forest has never been tested for the disease, so we can’t say anything about it,” said WoodgroVEAS director of communications Greg Thomas.
“We don’t know anything about what’s going on in the forest and if there is anything in there that is going to cause meningococcal disease.”
The Forest Health Department said it has tested the wood in Woodgroave’s forest, and said it is not clear whether the trees are the culprits.
“If you are in this forest, there is not a lot we can tell you about what is going on, and that is why we have decided to keep the forest closed until we have the results of our test,” said Thomas.
“When we do find out more, we will be more than happy to share that information.”