Fragile Inheritance
ecological change
in Canada

Bishops Mills

The Bitter Red field (named after an Apple tree with bitter red fruit) by Frederick W. Schueler and Aleta Karstad in Bishops Mills, Grenville County, Ontario

The Bitter Red field

Shallow soil limestone oldfield with Scotch Pines volunteered from seed blown over from a neighbour's yard tree. Hare browsing is evident on the younger trees, and one of the older trees (perhaps 20 years old) has a heavy cone crop. We intend to cut the Scotch Pine down as invasive aliens, count their rings, and watch natural succession resume in this old field. We are also attempting eradication of invasive Cathartic Buckthorn, and watching the alien Honeysuckle replace the native Hawthorns in the fencerows. ~ photo taken 8 February 2010

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About the book...
a painter's ecology of glaciated North America

lavishly illustrated with watercolours and
descriptive prose from sea to sea
drawing the baseline for
a legacy of beauty and
change - Aleta Karstad
and Frederick W .
Schueler's life work