Going for a walk in the forest can be healing, calming and refreshing. However, a forest is so much more than just a compilation of trees. Many things are happening in the forest that we cannot detect with the eye. According to ecologist Suzanne Simard, trees have a refined and interconnected social network going on underground. “A world of infinite, biological pathways that connect trees and allow them to communicate, and allow the forest to behave as if it’s a single organism.”
Suzanne has researched Canadian forests for 30 years and this has led to an amazing conclusion: trees actually communicate with each other, even if they’re great distances apart. They are much more like us than we ever thought. Trees are incredibly social and lean on each other for survival. An immense web of roots spread messages between trees so they can share water and nutrients with other trees in need.