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Hanlon Creek Essay 3

June 26, 2010

Hanlon Creek Essay 3

Hanlon Creek Essay 3

This decaying beech, like the one pictured before, is one of many indigenous tree species that contribute to the old growth features of this forest. Dead and decaying trees provide habitats for insects, bugs, mushrooms and mycelium; they open spaces in the canopy for younger trees and nurture the forest floor with nutrients gathered when the trees were alive. Old growth forests like this one have characteristic waves in the ground that hint at where, long ago, trees have fallen.

by Matthew Lowell-Pellettier

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