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.
BC Ministry of Forests - Research Branch, University of British Columbia, and Environment Canada. 1995. Rotten luck: the role of downed wood in ecosystems. British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development. Brochure (FLNRORD). BRO24
Topic: FLNRORD Research Program
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