The Tuckamore of Newfoundland and Labrador


( ♪♪ ) Man:
I think people are
entranced by tuckamore. The shape of the trees
is so different from anything else
they’ve experienced. Tuckamore is sort of
an elfen forest, it’s a forest out of
almost another world. When there were lots
of sheep in this area, the sheep used to shelter
there from storms. Kids used to play
in under the tuckamore; it’s like a child’s
playground in many ways. Where you have
the strongest winds, that’s where you
get the tuckamore. Tuckamore is
a vegetation type that is actually
created by the wind. Tuckamore clings to the coast; the sea does its darnedest
to get rid of it. Everything is
against these trees, but they cling on year to year,
decade after decade, much like the people
on the coast. The communities here, they’ve been through
very difficult times. In the same way that
the trees have to put up with the difficulties
of living here, so have the people,
and they’ve done very well. In many ways,
tuckamore is iconic when it comes to Gros Morne. If you’re hiking anywhere, you encounter tuckamore
one way or the other, and you have to
get through it. You can climb over the top, and you can actually
walk and crawl and roll your way
over the surface. It’s extremely difficult
stuff to move through. It’s all just a creation
of the wind.

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