Inert but Never Inactive
Benefits of Fallen Logs
Gloom may be the overbearing emotion for American Grove's passionate arborist upon viewing a graveyard of toppled trees. The trees themselves may appear lifeless, but their work as forest regulators is still not over. Biotic activity never ceases on and inside deceased trees. The b
iological capitol of fallen logs are like goldmines to lichen and fungi. Fallen trees provide temperate benefits to their forest communities as well as storage, a place for nests, and shelter for passing fauna.
The U.S. Forest Service reports approx. 1,200 forms of fauna rely on dead, dying, or rotted-hollow trees. This does not include the dozens of amphibians, insects, birds, and other forest dwellers that are frequent shoppers at the fallen logs cafeteria.
We would love to hear from our members about other legacies deceased trees have created in our
Deceased but still Devoted
section under our
Q & A tab.
'Snag' is the term for trees that are dead/partially dead yet still standing.