Snags (standing dead trees) and logs are important components of forest landscapes. They provide many benefits to wildlife, including homes, resting sites, foraging substrates, and perches, are important to many ecological processes, and also influence fuel loads and fire risk. Snags may be particularly important in the southwestern U. S., where secondary cavity nesters, which are largely dependent on snags, comprise a significant portion of the native avifauna. To learn more see the Project Page: Dynamics of coarse woody debris in southwestern mixed-conifer and ponderosa pine forests.
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