Seeing the Forest for the Trees
Gwynns Falls Trial
To understand the forest, look for patterns such as tree types, indicator species, species richness, gaps, and evidence of fire.
Stratification is the pattern of vertical layers of the forest that allows a variety of plants to coexist within a given area. The layers of plants change with the seasons.
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In spring when the canopy has not yet filled in with leaves, there is enough sunlight for ferns and wild flowers to bloom on the forest floor.
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Later in summer when the canopy is full, little or no light reaches the forest floor so the growth of herbs and ferns stops.
Location. 39° 18.721′ N, 76° 41.316′ W. Marker is in Baltimore, Maryland. Marker is on Windsor Mill Road. The marker is at the Gwynns Falls Trailhead on Windsor Mill Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Baltimore MD 21216, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. An Old Mill Stream (a few steps from this marker); Gwynns Falls Park at Windsor Mill Road
Categories. • Horticulture & Forestry • Waterways & Vessels •
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Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2017. This page originally submitted on April 11, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 81 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 11, 2017, by Don Morfe of Baltimore, Maryland. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.