What is Downed Wood?
When a tree dies its life is only partly over. As wood decays it continues to play an essential role in many different ecosystems - in forests, in streams, in estuaries and in the ocean. As they decay, fallen trees, broken branches, slabs of bark and upturned roots:
- provide food
- provide shelter
- create growing sites for plants and fungi
- enrich and stabilize soils
- contribute to stream ecosystems
Downed wood is also a biological legacy - a link between present and future forests.
Funding for the Internet version was provided by Forest Renewal BC.
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Updated October 16, 2008