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Patches of deciduous and immature trees are important elements in the structural and biological diversity of a forest. Deciduous trees are a preferred habitat for many wildlife species, especially cavity-nesting birds. Immature patches are also valuable to wildlife, both in their present state and as a future source of large wildlife trees. Retaining individuals or patches of deciduous and immature trees can help maintain valuable biodiversity and wildlife habitat attributes within cutblocks.

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Windthrow (trees blown down by wind) is a natural event in all forests. Through this process, a downed tree enters a new phase of its life cycle as coarse woody debris. Unless windthrown trees pose a significant forest health risk or conflict with other management objectives, they can be retained on site to provide wildlife habitat and a source of nutrients for the soil.

Deciduous patch