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Dead wood gives life to the forest

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Dead wood represents the most rich habitat in a healthy forest" says Keith Kirby, expert in forests at "English Nature". The very old trees, dead ones, the trunks and fallen branches ensure a shelter and food sourse for birds,bats and other mammals. Also, dead wood is important for insects, mushrooms and lichens.

Talking about dead wood, we don't refer at only one habitat, but hundreds of microhabitats populated by thousands of different species.therefore, the harvesting of rottening wood. It is an indicator in what regards the "naturality" of forestier ecosistems and a mark for the classification of the natural forests in Europe.

Sometimes, the remainings of trees take curious forms, similar to fairy-tales, increasing the charm of the forest.

Dead wood gives life to the forest

Dead wood represents the most rich habitat in a healthy forest" says Keith Kirby, expert in forests at "English Nature". The very old trees, dead ones, the trunks and fallen branches ensure a shelter and food sourse for birds,bats and other mammals. Also, dead wood is important for insects, mushrooms and lichens.


Dead wood performs several functions:

● stabilizes the forests (helpsslopes strengthen, ensures surfacestability, diminishes the effect of erosionof rains and stormson soil;
● supports forestproductivity (seeds of tree species germinateon fallen logs,under rotting);
● provides food and shelter (thousands of specieshelp to break down wood -wood consumers attractpredators and / oranimals that use woodfor shelter, for example: woodpecker, owl, some species of bats, bears )

● stores carbon;




Speaking of dead wood, we do not refer to a single habitat, but to tens of thousands microhabitats populated by different species. Therefore, timber harvesting under rotting is a danger that threatens one third of the endangered species. Dead wood ensures the entire forest ecosystem. It is an indicator on the degree of "natural" forest ecosystems. It represents a reference element for the classification of natural forests in Europe. The amount of dead wood from the forest is related to natural factors, forest history, natural disasters (for example storms, avalanches).
Sometimes the remains of trees take curious forms, as if drawn from the story, thus increasing the charm of forests.